Example of ongoing convection

The GENESIS project aims to make a systematic study of boundary layer heterogeneity and its interaction with moist convection based on analysis of Large-Eddy Simulations. This will provide measures of the scales of interaction relevant to triggering and maintaining convection which are traditionally unresolved in global circulation models. The project focusses on observed physical phenomena (shallow/deep convection, aggregated convection and coldpools) and how these interact with and influence structures in the boundary layer. The aim is to provide existing and new convection schemes with a statistical description of the forcing from below cloud base and through this aid the development of convection schemes with better representation of sub-grid variability.

GENESIS was funded as part of the UK-wide five-year joint Met Office and NERC ParaCon project

Leeds university GENESIS project website

Project members