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Study of Northeast Monsoon over India using a coupled land-atmosphere model RegCM4-CLM4.5

Praveen Rai1, Pyarimohan Maharana2, Dhirendra Kumar2, Ashok Priyadarshan Dimri2, and Heiko Paeth1
Praveen Rai et al.
  • 1Institute of Geography and Geology, University of Würzburg, Germany
  • 2Jawaharlal Nehru University, School of Environmental Sciences, School of Environmental Sciences, New Delhi, India

The major rainfall period over the southern peninsular part of the Indian Subcontinent generally occurs during the months of October-December (OND) through the northeast (NE) monsoon (also called winter monsoon or post-monsoon season). The present study focuses on the ability of regional climate model RegCM4 forced with MIROC5 Global Climate Model and three different land-surface parameterization schemes: Biosphere-Atmosphere Transfer Scheme (BATS, herewith referred as CONTROL), Community Land Model (CLM4.5), and Sub-grid BATS in capturing the mean features of NE monsoon for the present climate (1975-2005) over India region. Based on their ability to simulate the inter-annual and intra-seasonal variability, and seasonal mean during monsoon, the current GCM is selected for downscaling from the available literature. The model performance is evaluated against the gridded temperature and precipitation datasets from the Climate Research Unit (CRU) and India Meteorological Department (IMD) respectively. We have found that the MIROC5_CLM4.5 is simulating the precipitation and surface temperature better than other experiments with relatively less bias over the study. MIROC5_CLM4.5 experiment again performs well in capturing the precipitation and surface temperature during wet and dry years’ composite. Overall, our results show a better representation of NE Monsoon mean features by MIROC5_CLM4.5 compared to other sets. The RegCM4-CLM4.5 coupled simulation has shown promising performance in representing NE monsoon. Further, it is envisaged to test and customize this framework in order to generate reliable future projections in subsequent studies.

Keywords: RegCM4, CLM4.5, NE Monsoon, Downscaling.

How to cite: Rai, P., Maharana, P., Kumar, D., Dimri, A. P., and Paeth, H.: Study of Northeast Monsoon over India using a coupled land-atmosphere model RegCM4-CLM4.5, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-7772,, 2020

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  • CC1: Comment on EGU2020-7772, Anubhav Choudhary, 04 May 2020

    Hi Paraben,

    You chose different convective parametrizations for your different experiments. What's the basis of that. Because, if your experiments are about varying land-surface treatment as your control suggests so, then ideally you should not have varied convective parametrization for different experiments. Don't you think so. just wondering. And also, have you done a prior validation or sensitivity test to identify the right combinations of land-surface treatment and convective parametrization ? 

  • CC2: Comment on EGU2020-7772, Dipanjan Dey, 04 May 2020

    Thank you for the nice slides Praveen. I have a question for you, probably a stupid one. Could you explain what is the role of ITCZ in this rainfall bias. How the model is performing in simulating the ITCZ in your different experiments?