Sensitivity of ensemble Lagrangian reconstructions to assimilated wind time step resolution 1Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique (UMR 8539), ENS – CNRS, Paris, France
2Laboratoire de Physique et Chimie de l'Environnement et de l'Espace (UMR 6115), Université d'Orléans – CNRS, Orléans, France
*now at: Research Institute for Global Change, JAMSTEC, Yokohama, Japan
Received: 20 January 2009 – Published in Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss.: 01 April 2009 Abstract. We study the impact of temporal and spatial resolution and changes in modelled
meteorological winds in the context of diffusive ensemble Lagrangian
reconstructions. In situ tracer measurements are modelled based on coarse
resolution global 3-D tracer distributions from a chemistry-transport model
and on different time series of meteorological wind fields including a
special set of 1-hourly analysed winds which is compared with 3 and 6-hourly
operational analysed winds and with 3-hourly ERA-interim reanalysis.
Increasing the time resolution of the advecting winds from three to one hour
using the operational winds provides an improvement on diffusive
reconstructions in the period studied but smaller than that obtained from six
to three hours. The positive impact of using 1-hourly winds is similar to
that obtained using ERA-Interim 3-hourly winds instead of the 3-hourly ECMWF
operational analysis for the same period. This study sets out a technique to
quantify differences in time series of meteorological wind fields here
applied to assess the optimal space and time resolutions for ensemble
Lagrangian reconstructions in the lower stratosphere.
Revised: 01 March 2010 – Accepted: 05 March 2010 – Published: 01 April 2010
Citation: Pisso, I., Marécal, V., Legras, B., and Berthet, G.: Sensitivity of ensemble Lagrangian reconstructions to assimilated wind time step resolution, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 10, 3155-3162, doi:10.5194/acp-10-3155-2010, 2010.