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Understanding atmospheric circulation from a surface perspective

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Project "UACSURF" data sheet

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 195˙454 €
 EC max contribution 195˙454 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-04-01   to  2017-08-08


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    THE UNIVERSITY OF READING UK (READING) coordinator 195˙454.00


 Project objective

Circulation changes are at the heart of changes in both regional precipitation and temperature and extreme events ranging from heavy precipitation to heat waves or cold spells. Understanding and modelling circulation changes in a warming climate therefore constitutes an emerging challenge for climate science. General circulation models still struggle to represent important features of the large-scale circulation in the present-day climate, which undermines confidence in future projections. The present project is to combine a small-scale process-level with a large-scale dynamical perspective to investigate how drag processes at the Earth's surface associated with boundary-layer turbulence, orography and gravity waves affect large-scale circulation. Our aim is to develop a climatological view of the distribution and variability of individual components of surface drag as represented in general circulation models and to understand which processes or model parametrisations are responsible for current model biases especially in the representation of mid-latitude storm tracks.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2016 Felix Pithan, Theodore G. Shepherd, Giuseppe Zappa, Irina Sandu
Climate model biases in jet streams, blocking and storm tracks resulting from missing orographic drag
published pages: 7231-7240, ISSN: 0094-8276, DOI: 10.1002/2016GL069551
Geophysical Research Letters 43/13 2019-07-23
2016 Irina Sandu, Peter Bechtold, Anton Beljaars, Alessio Bozzo, Felix Pithan, Theodore G. Shepherd, Ayrton Zadra
Impacts of parameterized orographic drag on the Northern Hemisphere winter circulation
published pages: 196-211, ISSN: 1942-2466, DOI: 10.1002/2015MS000564
Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems 8/1 2019-07-23

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