Technical note: A noniterative approach to modelling moist thermodynamics

Moisseeva, Nadya; Stull, Roland

Formulation of noniterative mathematical expressions for moist thermodynamics presents a challenge for both numerical and theoretical modellers. This technical note offers a simple and efficient tool for approximating two common thermodynamic relationships: temperature, T, at a given pressure, P, along a saturated adiabat, T( P,  θw), as well as its corresponding inverse form θw( P,  T), where θw is wet-bulb potential temperature. Our method allows direct calculation of T( P,  θw) and θw( P,  T) on a thermodynamic domain bounded by −70 ≤  θw < 40 °C, P > 1 kPa and −100 ≤  T < 40 °C, P > 1 kPa, respectively. The proposed parameterizations offer high accuracy (mean absolute errors of 0.016 and 0.002 °C for T( P,  θw) and θw( P,  T), respectively) on a notably larger thermodynamic region than previously studied. The paper includes a method summary and a ready-to-use tool to aid atmospheric physicists in their practical applications.

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Moisseeva, Nadya / Stull, Roland: Technical note: A noniterative approach to modelling moist thermodynamics. 2017. Copernicus Publications.

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