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Lin, J. W.-B., and J. D. Neelin, 2003: "Toward stochastic deep convective parameterization in general circulation models," Geophys. Res. Lett., Vol. 30, No. 4, 1162, doi:10.1029/2002GL016203. © Copyright 2003 by the American Geophysical Union. Further electronic distribution is not allowed.


[1] For the first time, a stochastic deep convective parameterization to represent variability arising from small-scale processes that are unresolved by traditional deterministic moist convective parameterizations is tested in a general circulation model. Two physical pathways of representing small-scale variability as a stochastic process are explored. First, the relationship between cloud-base mass flux Mb and large-scale convective available potential energy (CAPE) is posited to have a stochastic component (the CAPE-Mb scheme). Second, the vertical structure of heating is modified by a simple random process about the structure given by the traditional convective scheme (the VSH scheme). The CAPE-Mb scheme increases the overall variance of precipitation toward observations with a realistic spatial pattern. The VSH scheme has smaller impacts on precipitation variance but yields preferential enhancement at large spatial scales and low frequencies.