Parameterization of the Dry Convective Boundary Layer Based on a Mass Flux Representation of Thermals.
Presented is a mass flux parameterization of vertical transport in the convective boundary layer. The formulation of the new parameterization is based on an idealization of thermal cells or rolls. The parameterization is validated by comparison to large eddy simulations (LES). It is also compared to classical boundary layer schemes on a documented case of a well-developed convective boundary layer observed in the Paris area during the Étude et Simulation de la Qualité de l'air en Ile de France (ESQUIF) campaign. For both LES and observations, the new scheme performs better at simulating entrainment fluxes at the top of the convective boundary layer and at near-surface conditions. The explicit representation of mass fluxes allows a direct comparison with campaign observations and opens interesting possibilities for coupling with clouds and deep convection schemes.