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Clouds-radiation interactions in a general circulation model - Impact upon the planetary radiation balanceSimultaneously conducted observations of the earth radiation budget and the cloud amount estimates, taken during the June 1979 - May 1980 Nimbus 7 mission were used to show interactions between the cloud amount and raidation and to verify a long-term climate simulation obtained with the latest version of the NCAR Community Climate Model (CCM). The parameterization of the radiative, dynamic, and thermodynamic processes produced the mean radiation and cloud quantities that were in reasonable agreement with satellite observations, but at the expense of simulating their short-term fluctuations. The results support the assumption that the inclusion of the cloud liquid water (ice) variable would be the best mean to reduce the blinking of clouds in NCAR CCM.
Document ID
19910038929
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Authors
Smith, Laura D. (Colorado State Univ. Fort Collins, CO, United States)
Vonder Haar, Thomas H. (Colorado State University Fort Collins, United States)
Date Acquired
August 15, 2013
Publication Date
January 20, 1991
Publication Information
Publication: Journal of Geophysical Research
Volume: 96
ISSN: 0148-0227
Subject Category
METEOROLOGY AND CLIMATOLOGY
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NAS1-16465
CONTRACT_GRANT: NAG1-865
Distribution Limits
Public
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