Sensitivity of Precipitation in Coupled Land-Atmosphere ModelsThe project objective was to understand mechanisms by which atmosphere-land-ocean processes impact precipitation in the mean climate and interannual variations, focusing on tropical and subtropical regions. A combination of modeling tools was used: an intermediate complexity land-atmosphere model developed at UCLA known as the QTCM and the NASA Seasonal-to-Interannual Prediction Program general circulation model (NSIPP GCM). The intermediate complexity model was used to develop hypotheses regarding the physical mechanisms and theory for the interplay of large-scale dynamics, convective heating, cloud radiative effects and land surface feedbacks. The theoretical developments were to be confronted with diagnostics from the more complex GCM to validate or modify the theory.
Contractor or Grantee Report
Neelin, David (California Univ. Los Angeles, CA, United States)
Zeng, N. (California Univ. Los Angeles, CA, United States)
Suarez, M. (California Univ. Los Angeles, CA, United States)
Koster, R. (California Univ. Los Angeles, CA, United States)