Validation of cloud forcing simulated by the National Center for Atmospheric Research Community Climate Model using observations from the Earth Radiation Budget Experiment

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Abstract

The comparison reveals several deficiencies in the CCM cloud representation. Most notable are the difficulties in properly simulating the effect of clouds on the planetary albedo. This problem arises from discrepancies in the model's portrayal of low-level cloudiness and leads to significant errors in the absorbed solar radiation simulated by the model. The CCM performs much better in simulating the effect of clouds on the longwave radiation emitted to space, indicating its relative success in capturing the vertical distribution of cloudiness. The daily variability of the radiative effects of clouds in both the shortwave and longwave spectral regions is systematically overestimated. -from Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research
Volume97
Issue numberD16
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes

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Climate models
radiation budget
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climate modeling
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Radiation
cloud cover
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vertical distribution
longwave radiation
solar radiation
Solar radiation
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