Development of "Physical Parametrizations with PYthon" (PPPY, version 1.1) and its usage to reduce the time-step dependency in a microphysical scheme

Riette, Sébastien

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<p align=justify><strong>Abstract.</strong> To help develop and compare physical parametrizations such as those found in a numerical weather or climate model, a new tool was developed. This tool provides a framework with which to plug external parametrizations, run them in an offline mode (using one of the two time-advance methods available), save the results and plot diagnostics. The software can be used in a 0-D and a 1-D mode with schemes originating from various models. As for now, microphysical schemes from the Meso-NH model, the AROME (Applications of Research to Operations at Mesoscale) model and the Weather Research and Forecasting model have been successfully plugged. As an application, Physical Parametrizations with PYthon (PPPY) is used in this paper to suppress the origin of the time-step dependency of the microphysical scheme used in the Météo-France small-scale operational numerical weather model. The tool helped to identify the origin of the dependency and to check the efficiency of the introduced corrections.</p>
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