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See detailGlobal, diffuse and direct irradiances modelling over northwestern Europe using regional climate model MAR : validation and construction of a 30-year climatology
Beaumet, Julien; Doutreloup, Sébastien; Fettweis, Xavier; Erpicum, Michel

Poster (2015, April 17)

Incoming solar global irradiances are modelled using MAR regional climate model forced by ERA-Interim reanalysis. Global irradiances are decomposed into direct and diffuse using sigmoid model from Ruiz-Arias et al. (2010). Results are validated using data from the European Solar Radiation Atlas for Uccle and Braunschweig weather stations. A 30-year climatology has been built and trends and variability have been analyzed.

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See detailSolar irradiance modelling over Belgium using Regional Climate Models within the frame of a day-ahead photovoltaic production forecasting system
Beaumet, Julien; Doutreloup, Sébastien; Fettweis, Xavier; Hermans, Aline; Erpicum, Michel

Poster (2014, October 06)

WRF-ARW and MAR climate models performances for the modelling of solar irradiances over Belgium are evaluated using in-situ measurements at Sart-Tilman and Daussoulx. Different WRF-ARW settings are tested. Sigmoid model proposed by Ruis-Ariaz etal. (2010) is used to decompose solar irradiance into direct and diffuse fraction. The performance of this model using measured and modelled global irradiances is also evaluated.

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See detailComparaison entre le profil vertical de la vitesse du vent observé dans les basses couches de la troposphère et celui simulé par le modèle WRF en Belgique
Doutreloup, Sébastien; Fettweis, Xavier; Beaumet, Julien; Erpicum, Michel

in Camberlin, Pierre; Richard, Yves (Eds.) Actes du XXVIIe Colloque de l'Association Internationale de Climatologie : CLIMAT : SYSTÈME & INTERACTIONS (2014, July 02)

In the framework of FLEXIPAC project funded by the "RELIABLE" program of Walloon Region (Belgium), the Laboratory of Climatology Topoclimatology (LCT) of the University of Liège (Belgium) aims to adjust the WRF regional model (v.3.4.) forced by the ERA-Interim reanalysis for Belgium. Our analysis shows that wind speeds at 100m simulated by WRF are systematically overestimated compared to wind speeds extracted from wind productions of two wind farms. In order to solve this problem, four ways are considered in this contribution. The first way is to compare the WRF model with the reanalysis data. The second way is to test the influence of the spatial resolution by running WRF with a finer resolution. The third way is to smooth WRF outputs, where in order to analyze the variability created by the model. And finally, the fourth way is to compare the WRF model with the MAR (v3.3.) regional model. This last way seems to confirm that the MAR model better simulates wind speeds at 10m and at 100m than the WRF model.

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See detailMICROPHYSIQUE DES NUAGES ET RAYONNEMENT SOLAIRE : COMPARAISON DES MESURES IN SITU AU MONT RIGI EN HAUTE BELGIQUE ET DES DONNÉES CLOUD PHYSICAL PROPERTIES (CPP) OBTENUES À PARTIR DES IMAGES METEOSAT-9
Beaumet, Julien; Clerbaux, Nicolas; Cornet, Yves; Fettweis, Xavier; Erpicum, Michel

in Camberlin, Pierre; Richard, Yves (Eds.) Actes du XXVIIe Colloque de l'Association Internationale de Climatologie : CLIMAT : SYSTÈME & INTERACTIONS (2014, July 02)

Le rayonnement solaire global mesuré au mont Rigi a été comparé à l'épaisseur optique des nuages (COT) estimée à l'aide des données SEVIRI. Une relation logarithmique avec un coefficient de détermination d'environ 0,5 a été trouvée. Ce résultat plutôt faible peut en grande partie s'expliquer par un nombre limité de cas où subsistent des erreurs de positionnement ou par des interactions plus complexes entre nébulosité et rayonnement. De plus, l'incertitude sur l'estimation de l'épaisseur optique des nuages à l'aide des données SEVIRI pour les nuages optiquement plus épais n'est pas négligeable.

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See detailSolar irradiance modelling over Belgium using WRF-ARW : A sensitivity analysis of Mellor-Yamada-Nakanishi-Niino (BYNN) boundary layer scheme parameters
Beaumet, Julien; Doutreloup, Sébastien; Fettweis, Xavier; Erpicum, Michel

Conference (2014, June 06)

Global solar irradiances at ground level are modelled over Belgium using latest version of WRF-ARW regional climate model (RCM). The model set-up used has a resolution of 5 kilometres. The boundary layer scheme chosen is the Mellor-Yamada-Nakanishi-Niino (MYNN) 2.5 scheme with the Turbulent Kinetic Energy (TKE) closure proposed by Canuto et al., (2008) and Kitamura (2010). In this scheme, the modification of some parameters allows to change the determinant mixing length (surface layer, planet boundary layer, top of boundary layer/entrainment) which then modifies heat and moistures fluxes produced by turbulent mixing. Such modifications have significant influences on modelled cloudiness and therefore on modelled global solar irradiance incoming at the surface. The present study proposes a sensitivity analysis of the different parameters that influence the mixing length ('alp1' to 'alp5') and the TKE diffusion ('Sqfac') in order to find the most suitable constant values of these parameters for the modelling of cloudiness over Belgium. Results of different simulations are compared with global solar irradiance measurements performed by the Centre Spatial de Liège at Sart-Tilman in 2013 and 2014. Firsts results show that the dry bias frequently found when using WRF-ARW with standard set-ups can be greatly reduced thanks to an increased modelled cloudiness. The quantitative and qualitative effects of these modifications over cloudiness are also analysed by displaying 2D representation of modelled clouds over Sart-Tilman and confronting them with on-site observations.

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See detailComparison between wind speed observed at 100m height and wind speeds simulated by the WRF and MAR models
Doutreloup, Sébastien; Fettweis, Xavier; Erpicum, Michel; Breuer, Christophe; Beaumet, Julien

Poster (2014, June 06)

In the context of FLEXIPAC project funded by "RELIABLE" program of Walloon Region (Belgium), the Laboratory of Climatology and Topoclimatology (LCT) of the University of Liège (Belgium) aims to adjust the WRF regional model (v.3.4.) forced by ERA-Interim model. Our analysis shows that wind speeds at 100m height simulated by WRF are systematically overestimated compared to wind speeds extracted from wind productions of two wind farms. In order to identify this problem, four comparisons were performed in this contribution. Firstly, we compare WRF model with reanalysis based forcing model. Secondly, we compare two WRF simulations, where one of them has a more precise spatial resolution. Thirdly, we smooth WRF outputs in time (6-hr running mean) in order to study the accuracy of the 30-min variability generated by WRF model. Finally, we comp compare the WRF model with the MAR (v3.3.) regional model using the same forcing at its lateral boundaries. This last one seems to suggest that the MAR model better simulates wind speeds at 10m and at 100m than WRF model and then that wind speed underestimation by WRF is well linked to the WRF physics itself.

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See detailRainfall retrieval using Spinning Enhanced Visible and Infrared Imager (SEVIRI-MSG) and Cloud Physical Properties (CPP) algorithm : validation over Belgium and applications
Beaumet, Julien; Clerbaux, Nicolas; Fettweis, Xavier; Erpicum, Michel

in Bulletin de la Société Géographique de Liège (2013), 61(2013-2), 5-14

Precipitation is the main variable of the water cycle and the water resources availability. Despite numerous available methods, precipitation measurements are still insufficient to quantify with certainty ongoing changes and to provide data for numerical models validation. Roebeling & Holleman (2009) presented the Cloud Physical Properties algorithm using data from the SEVIRI instrument on board Meteosat Second Generation. The goal of present study is to extend previous validations and verify the algorithm performances throughout yearly and daily cycles in order to identify possible use and applications. A seven-years data set of parallax-shift corrected clouds and precipitation data over Western Europe have therefore been processed using CPP algorithm. Results are encouraging for both precipitation areas delimitation and rain rates assessment. However, rain rates estimation are strongly affected by sun zenith angle with increasing overestimation for sza above 60°. Systematic errors also affect the retrieval of cloud properties for very thick clouds with an overestimation of extreme precipitation events.

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See detailOn the possibility to develop a rainfall data set over Belgium and Europe for climate monitoring using SEVIRI data : Validation and application of Cloud Physical Properties algorithm from the KNMI
Beaumet, Julien; Erpicum, Michel; Fettweis, Xavier; Clerbaux, Nicolas

Conference (2012, September 13)

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See detailValidation over Belgium and potential applications of a Spinning Enhanced Visible and Infrared Imager (SEVIRI) retrieved rainfall data set over seven years with the Cloud Physical Properties (CPP) algorithm
Beaumet, Julien

Master's dissertation (2012)