Articles | Volume 9, issue 9
Geosci. Model Dev., 9, 3027–3054, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-9-3027-2016
Geosci. Model Dev., 9, 3027–3054, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-9-3027-2016

Development and technical paper 02 Sep 2016

Development and technical paper | 02 Sep 2016

The efficient urban canopy dependency parametrization (SURY) v1.0 for atmospheric modelling: description and application with the COSMO-CLM model for a Belgian summer

Hendrik Wouters et al.

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SURY: the Semi-empirical URban canopY parametrization H. Wouters https://doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.26754.27841

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Short summary
A methodology is presented for translating three-dimensional information of urban areas into land-surface parameters that can be easily employed in atmospheric modelling. As demonstrated with the COSMO-CLM model for a Belgian summer, it enables them to represent urban heat islands and their dependency on urban design with a low computational cost. It allows for efficiently incorporating urban information systems (e.g., WUDAPT) into climate change assessment and numerical weather prediction.