|Reference : Evaluation over Greenland of WRF with GC-NET observations (1995-2005) by comparison w...|
|Scientific congresses and symposiums : Unpublished conference/Abstract|
|Physical, chemical, mathematical & earth Sciences : Earth sciences & physical geography|
|Evaluation over Greenland of WRF with GC-NET observations (1995-2005) by comparison with 2 other RCMs|
|Sacré, Bernard [Université de Liège - ULg > > > 2e an. master sc. géog., or. clim., fin. appr.]|
|Fettweis, Xavier [Université de Liège - ULg > Département de géographie > Topoclimatologie >]|
|Doutreloup, Sébastien [Université de Liège - ULg > Département de géographie > Topoclimatologie >]|
|Franco, Bruno [Université de Liège - ULg > Département de géographie > Topoclimatologie >]|
|van den Broeke, Michiel [Utrecht University > Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research Utrecht (IMAU) > > >]|
|Erpicum, Michel [Université de Liège - ULg > Département de géographie > Topoclimatologie >]|
|EGU General Assembly 2011|
|[en] MAR ; RACMO ; WRF ; NCEP1 ; NCEP2 ; ERA-INTERIM|
|[en] In the context of climate change, the Greenland Ice Sheet (GrIS) plays an important role in sea level variation and oceanic thermohaline circulation changes. Unfortunately, Global Climate Models do not illustrate enough the characteristics of Greenland. To solve that, speciﬁc RCMs have been developed to take into account the features of polar regions.
In this project, we compare three RCMs : the MAR model, the RACMO model and the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model. WRF is an open source model developed by the Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology Division of NCAR. We use here the standard WRF (version 3.2.1) and its polar optimization (called polar WRF). The MAR version tuned for the
GrIS and coupled with a 1D surface scheme called SISVAT (for Soil Ice Snow Vegetation Atmosphere Transfer) is compared here. The version of RACMO is a speciﬁc version for the Greenland climate, RACMO2/GR. This model contains a special surface module for snow-ice treatment and other modiﬁcations concerning, for example, the surface turbulence heat ﬂux or the surface roughness.
The comparison is made on a domain centered on Greenland at a 25-km horizontal resolution over the 1995-2005 period when Automatic Weather Station (AWS) measurements are available from the Greenland Climate NETwork (GC-NET). Statistics (mean, bias, RMSE, correlation coefﬁcient) are calculated for the near-surface temperature, surface pressure, 10m-wind speed and speciﬁc humidity for winter (October to April) and summer (May to September). In addition, the modeled snowfall are evaluated with ice core-based snow accumulation climatologies.
Comparison shows a signiﬁcant improvement from RCMs compared to the reanalyses (NCEP2 and ERA-INTERIM) in respect to the AWS measurements. RACMO and MAR seem to compare better with observations than WRF.
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