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Multiscale performance of the ALARO-0 model for simulating extreme summer precipitation climatology in Belgium

(2013) JOURNAL OF CLIMATE. 26(22). p.8895-8915
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Daily summer precipitation over Belgium from the Aire Limitée Adaptation Dynamique Développement International (ALADIN) model and a version of the model that has been updated with physical parameterizations, the so-called ALARO-0 model [ALADIN and AROME (Application de la Recherche à l'Opérationnel à Meso-Echelle) combined model, first baseline version released in 1998], are compared with respect to station observations for the period 1961–90. The 40-yr European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts Re-Analysis (ERA-40) is dynamically downscaled using both models on a horizontal resolution of 40 km, followed by a one-way nesting on high spatial resolutions of 10 and 4 km. This setup allows us to explore the relative importance of spatial resolution versus parameterization formulation on the model skill to correctly simulate extreme daily precipitation. Model performances are assessed through standard statistical errors and density, frequency, and quantile distributions as well as extreme value analysis, using the peak-over-threshold method and generalized Pareto distribution. The 40-km simulations of ALADIN and ALARO-0 show similar results, both reproducing the observations reasonably well. For the high-resolution simulations, ALARO-0 at both 10 and 4 km is in better agreement with the observations than ALADIN. The ALADIN model consistently produces too high precipitation rates. The findings demonstrate that the new parameterizations within the ALARO-0 model are responsible for a correct simulation of extreme summer precipitation at various horizontal resolutions. Moreover, this study shows that ALARO-0 is a good candidate model for regional climate modeling.
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Convective parameterization, NUMERICAL WEATHER PREDICTION, Extreme events, Cloud parameterizations, Precipitation, BOUNDARY-CONDITIONS, RESOLUTION, EUROPE, CONVECTION, EQUATIONS, ERROR, TEMPERATURE, REGIONAL-CLIMATE, SIMPLE PARAMETERIZATION

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De Troch, Rozemien, Rafiq Hamdi, Hans Van de Vyver, et al. “Multiscale Performance of the ALARO-0 Model for Simulating Extreme Summer Precipitation Climatology in Belgium.” JOURNAL OF CLIMATE 26.22 (2013): 8895–8915. Print.
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De Troch, R., Hamdi, R., Van de Vyver, H., Geleyn, J.-F., & Termonia, P. (2013). Multiscale performance of the ALARO-0 model for simulating extreme summer precipitation climatology in Belgium. JOURNAL OF CLIMATE, 26(22), 8895–8915.
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De Troch, Rozemien, Rafiq Hamdi, Hans Van de Vyver, Jean-François Geleyn, and Piet Termonia. 2013. “Multiscale Performance of the ALARO-0 Model for Simulating Extreme Summer Precipitation Climatology in Belgium.” Journal of Climate 26 (22): 8895–8915.
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De Troch, Rozemien, Rafiq Hamdi, Hans Van de Vyver, Jean-François Geleyn, and Piet Termonia. 2013. “Multiscale Performance of the ALARO-0 Model for Simulating Extreme Summer Precipitation Climatology in Belgium.” Journal of Climate 26 (22): 8895–8915.
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De Troch R, Hamdi R, Van de Vyver H, Geleyn J-F, Termonia P. Multiscale performance of the ALARO-0 model for simulating extreme summer precipitation climatology in Belgium. JOURNAL OF CLIMATE. 2013;26(22):8895–915.
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R. De Troch, R. Hamdi, H. Van de Vyver, J.-F. Geleyn, and P. Termonia, “Multiscale performance of the ALARO-0 model for simulating extreme summer precipitation climatology in Belgium,” JOURNAL OF CLIMATE, vol. 26, no. 22, pp. 8895–8915, 2013.
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  abstract     = {Daily summer precipitation over Belgium from the Aire Limitée Adaptation Dynamique Développement International (ALADIN) model and a version of the model that has been updated with physical parameterizations, the so-called ALARO-0 model [ALADIN and AROME (Application de la Recherche à l'Opérationnel à Meso-Echelle) combined model, first baseline version released in 1998], are compared with respect to station observations for the period 1961–90. The 40-yr European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts Re-Analysis (ERA-40) is dynamically downscaled using both models on a horizontal resolution of 40 km, followed by a one-way nesting on high spatial resolutions of 10 and 4 km. This setup allows us to explore the relative importance of spatial resolution versus parameterization formulation on the model skill to correctly simulate extreme daily precipitation. Model performances are assessed through standard statistical errors and density, frequency, and quantile distributions as well as extreme value analysis, using the peak-over-threshold method and generalized Pareto distribution. The 40-km simulations of ALADIN and ALARO-0 show similar results, both reproducing the observations reasonably well. For the high-resolution simulations, ALARO-0 at both 10 and 4 km is in better agreement with the observations than ALADIN. The ALADIN model consistently produces too high precipitation rates. The findings demonstrate that the new parameterizations within the ALARO-0 model are responsible for a correct simulation of extreme summer precipitation at various horizontal resolutions. Moreover, this study shows that ALARO-0 is a good candidate model for regional climate modeling.},
  author       = {De Troch, Rozemien and Hamdi, Rafiq and Van de Vyver, Hans and Geleyn, Jean-François and Termonia, Piet},
  issn         = {0894-8755},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF CLIMATE},
  keywords     = {Convective parameterization,NUMERICAL WEATHER PREDICTION,Extreme events,Cloud parameterizations,Precipitation,BOUNDARY-CONDITIONS,RESOLUTION,EUROPE,CONVECTION,EQUATIONS,ERROR,TEMPERATURE,REGIONAL-CLIMATE,SIMPLE PARAMETERIZATION},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {22},
  pages        = {8895--8915},
  title        = {Multiscale performance of the ALARO-0 model for simulating extreme summer precipitation climatology in Belgium},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/JCLI-D-12-00844.1},
  volume       = {26},
  year         = {2013},
}

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