Process study

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Process study is the phenomenological approach used in climatology. Process studies are used "to develop the parameterizations [e.g. of circulation models], and observations [are] used to calibrate [the latter]".[1] A parametrization is a set of fitted equations to represent physical phenomena instead of deducing them from first principals. An example for a parametrized phenomenon are thunderstorms which cannot be simulated within a circulation model if the spatial resolution of several km is too coarse to resolve single storm cell.

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There is a journal entitled Process Studies.


  1. ^ Cronin, Meghan F.; Legg, Sonya; Zuidema, Paquita (1 July 2009). "CLIMATE RESEARCH: Best Practices For Process Studies". Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. 90 (7): 917–918. doi:10.1175/2009BAMS2622.1.