CAUSES: Clouds Above the United States and Errors at the Surface

Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 08:00
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The Clouds Above the United States and Errors at the Surface (CAUSES) is a new joint Global Atmospheric System Studies/Regional and Global Climate model/Atmospheric System Research (GASS/RGCM/ASR) intercomparison project to evaluate the central U.S. summertime surface warm biases seen in many weather and climate models. The main focus is to identify the role of cloud, radiation, and precipitation processes in contributing to surface air temperature biases. In this project, we use short-term hindcast approach and examine the growth of the error as a function of hindcast lead time. The study period covers from April 1 to August 31, 2011, which also covers the entire Midlatitude Continental Convective Clouds Experiment (MC3E) campaign. Preliminary results from several models will be presented. (http://portal.nersc.gov/project/capt/CAUSES/)

(This study is funded by the RGCM and ASR programs of the U.S. Department of Energy as part of the Cloud-Associated Parameterizations Testbed. This work is performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344. LLNL-ABS-658017)