Negri, Renato G.
Machado, Luiz A. T.
Número total de Autores: 4
Afiliação do(s) autor(es):
 Inst Nacl Pesquisas Espaciais, Ctr Previsao Tempo & Estudos Climat, Div Satelites & Sistemas Ambientais, Sao Paulo - Brazil
 European Ctr Medium Range Weather Forecasts, Reading RG2 9AX, Berks - England
 Met Off, Exeter, Devon - England
Número total de Afiliações: 3
Tipo de documento:
Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology;
Citações Web of Science:
Advances in computer power have made it possible to increase the spatial resolution of regional numerical models to a scale encompassing larger convective elements of less than 5 km in size. One goal of high resolution is to begin to resolve convective processes, and therefore it is necessary to evaluate the realism of convective clouds resolved explicitly at this resolution. This paper presents a method that is based on satellite comparisons to examine the simulation of continental tropical convection over Africa, in a high-resolution integration of the Met Office Unified Model (UK UM), developed under the Cascade project. The spatial resolution of these simulations is 1.5 km, the temporal resolution is 15 min, and the convection is resolved explicitly. The Spinning Enhanced Visible and Infrared Imager (SEVIRI) radiometer measurements were simulated by the Radiative Transfer for the Television and Infrared Observation Satellite (TIROS) Operational Vertical Sounder (RTTOV) model, and then a comparison between the simulations and real SEVIRI measurements was performed. The analysis using the presented method shows that the UK UM can represent tropical convection dynamics realistically. However, an error has been found in the high-level humidity distribution, which is characterized by strong humidity gradients. A key point of this paper is to present a method for establishing the credibility of a convection-permitting model by direct comparison with satellite data. (AU)