INTEGRATION OF THE PRIMITIVE BAROTROPIC MODEL OVER A SPHERICAL GEODESIC GRID

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  • 1 National Center for Atmospheric Research, 2 Boulder, Colo.
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Abstract

Conservative finite-difference approximations are developed for the primitive barotropic model over a spherical geodesic grid. Truncation error considerations show that the grid resolution must be at least as fine as 2½° in order for the error not to dominate the mass flux calculations. When the fine resolution is used, the approximations are seen to be quite good. Comparisons are made with schemes in use today with approximately the same resolution applied to the same initial condition.

Previous affiliation, Department of Meteorology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.

Abstract

Conservative finite-difference approximations are developed for the primitive barotropic model over a spherical geodesic grid. Truncation error considerations show that the grid resolution must be at least as fine as 2½° in order for the error not to dominate the mass flux calculations. When the fine resolution is used, the approximations are seen to be quite good. Comparisons are made with schemes in use today with approximately the same resolution applied to the same initial condition.

Previous affiliation, Department of Meteorology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.

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