Atmospheric physics seminar

Effects of small-scale variability and turbulent fluctuations on phase partitioning in mixed-phase adiabatic cloud parcels

mgr Daniel Albuquerque

Instytut Geofizyki Wydział Fizyki Uniwersytet Warszawski


April 9, 2021, 1:15 p.m., on-line via ZOOM

Several microphysical processes determine phase partitioning between ice and liquid water in a mixed-phase cloud. Here we investigate the collective growth of ice particles and liquid droplets affected by turbulent fluctuations in temperature and water vapor fields. All cloud particles, including unactivated nuclei (both CCN and IN), are described by Lagrangian superparticles. To account for local variability in the turbulent cloud environment we apply a Lagrangian microphysical scheme, where temperature and vapor mixing ratio are stochastic attributes attached to each superparticle. In addition, a simple linear relaxation scheme models turbulent mixing of the scalar fields probed by each superparticle. The limit of a locally homogeneous supersaturation field corresponds to an infinitely short turbulent mixing timescale. The impact of our Lagrangian microphysical scheme on phase partitioning is tested in adiabatic cloud parcel simulations. Results are confronted with idealized reference simulations that use bulk microphysics based on an assumed (temperature-dependent) phase partitioning function. Our study suggests that accounting for local variability in a turbulent cloud is important for reproducing steady-state mixed-phase conditions.