Geosci. Model Dev. Discuss., 3, 1271-1315, 2010
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Adaptive method of lines for multi-component aerosol condensational growth and cloud droplet activation
S. Arabas and H. Pawlowska
Institute of Geophysics, University of Warsaw, Pasteura 7, 02-093 Warsaw, Poland

Abstract. The process of formation of cloud droplets on an ensemble of aerosol particles is modelled by numerous investigators using the method of lines (MOL). The method involves discretization of the aerosol size spectrum into bins whose position and width evolve with time. One of the drawbacks of the method is its poor representation of the aerosol spectrum shape in the region between the unactivated aerosol mode and the activated cloud-droplet mode. An adaptive spectrum refinement procedure that improves the performance of the method is introduced and tested. A model of drop formation on multi-component aerosol is formulated for the purpose of the study. Model formulation includes explicit treatment of the drop temperature evolution. Several examples of the model set-up are used to demonstrate model capabilities. Model results are compared to those without adaptivity, and are compared to the Twomey's formul\ae. A C++ implementation of the model is available as an electronic supplement of the paper.

Citation: Arabas, S. and Pawlowska, H.: Adaptive method of lines for multi-component aerosol condensational growth and cloud droplet activation, Geosci. Model Dev. Discuss., 3, 1271-1315, doi:10.5194/gmdd-3-1271-2010, 2010.
 
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