# Buoyancy¶

ERF has three options for how to define the buoyancy force. Even in the absence of moisture these expressions are not equivalent.

## Density of the mixture¶

The total density in a cell containing air, water vapor, liquid water and precipitates is given by

where \(m_a\) is the mass of dry air, \(m_v\) is the mass of water vapor, \(m_c\) is the mass of liquid water, and \(m_p\) is the mass of precipitate. From the definitions of the mass mixing ratio (ratio of mass of a component to mass of dry air), we have for any component

Using this we can write

where \(\rho_d \equiv \cfrac{m_a}{V}\) is the density of dry air.

## Type 1¶

One version of the buoyancy force is expressed simply as

where the total density \(\rho_{total} = \rho_d(1 + q_v + q_c + q_p)\) is the sum of dry and moist components and \(\rho_0\) is the total density for the background state. For eg., a usual scenario is that of a background state that contains only air and vapor and no cloud water or precipitates. For such a state, the total background density \(\rho_0 = \rho_{d_0}(1 + q_{v_0})\), where \(\rho_{d_0}\) and \(q_{v_0}\) are the background dry density and vapor mixing ratio respectively. As a check, we observe that \(\rho^\prime_0 = 0\), which means that the background state is not buoyant.

## Type 2¶

The second option for the buoyancy force is

To derive this expression, we define \(T_v = T (1 + 0.61 q_v − q_c − q_i - q_p)\), then we can write

Starting from \(p = \rho R_d T_v\) and neglecting \(\frac{p^\prime}{\bar{p}}\), we now write

and define

where we have retained only first order terms in perturbational quantities.

Then

where the overbar represents a horizontal average of the current state and the perturbation is defined relative to that average.

Again keeping only the first order terms in the mass mixing ratios, we can simplify this to

We note that this reduces to Type 3 if the horizontal averages of the moisture terms are all zero.

## Type 3¶

The third formulation of the buoyancy term assumes that the horizontal averages of the moisture quantities are negligible, which removes the need to compute horizontal averages of these quantities. This reduces the Type 2 expression to the following:

We note that this version of the buoyancy force matches that given in Marat F. Khairoutdinov and David A. Randall’s paper (J. Atm Sciences, 607, 1983) if we neglect \(\frac{p^\prime}{\bar{p_0}}\).

## Type 4¶

This expression for buoyancy is from khairoutdinov2003cloud and bryan2002benchmark.

The derivation follows. The total density is given by \(\rho = \rho_d(1 + q_v + q_c + q_p)\), which can be written as

This can be written using binomial expansion as

Taking log on both sides, we get

Taking derivative gives

Using \(- 0.61 q_v + q_c + q_p \ll 1\), we have

Since the background values of cloud water and precipitate mass mixing ratios – \(q_c\) and \(q_p\) are zero, we have \(q_c' = q_c\) and \(q_p' = q_p\). Hence, we have