Journal of Meteorological Research

, Volume 31, Issue 6, pp 1007–1017 | Cite as

Key issues in developing numerical models for artificial weather modification



The scientific foundation of artificial weather modification is meso- and small-scale dynamics and cloud–precipitation microphysics. Artificial weather modification requires the realistic coupling of weather patterns, dynamical processes, and microphysical processes. Now that numerical models with weather dynamical characteristics have been widely applied to artificial weather modification, several key points that should not be neglected when developing numerical models for artificial weather modification are proposed in this paper, including the dynamical equations, model resolution, cloud–precipitation microphysical processes, numerical computation method, and initial and boundary conditions. Based on several examples, approaches are offered to deal with the problems that exist in these areas.


artificial weather modification numerical model dynamical processes cloud–precipitation microphysical processes 


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The authors thank the three anonymous reviewers for providing constructive comments and suggestions, which have greatly improved the quality of this paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Severe WeatherChinese Academy of Meteorological SciencesBeijingChina

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