Observationally Based Evaluation of Cloud Ice Water in CMIP3 and CMIP5 GCMs and Contemporary Reanalyses using Contemporary Satellite Data, An
We perform an observationally based evaluation of the cloud ice water content (CIWC) and path (CIWP) of present-day GCMs, notably 20th century CMIP5 simulations, and compare these results to CMIP3 and two recent reanalyses. We use three different CloudSat + CALIPSO ice water products and two methods to remove the contribution from the convective core ice mass and/or precipitating cloud hydrometeors with variable sizes and falling speeds so that a robust observational estimate can be obtained for model evaluations. The results show that for annual mean CIWP, there are factors of 2-10 in the ...
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Li, J.-L. F.; Waliser, D. E.; Chen, W.-T.; Guan, B.; Kubar, T.; Stephens, G.; Ma, H.-Y.; Deng, Min; Donner, L.; Seman, C.; Horowitz, L.
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