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Črnivec and Mayer 2021

Črnivec, N., and B. Mayer, 2021: Towards an improved treatment of cloud-radiation interaction in weather and climate models: exploring the potential of the Tripleclouds method for various cloud types using libRadtran 2.0.4. Geosci. Model Dev., 14, no. 6, 3663-3682, doi:10.5194/gmd-14-3663-2021.

Although the representation of unresolved clouds in radiation schemes of coarse-resolution weather and climate models has progressed noticeably over the past years, a lot of room remains for improvement, as the current picture is by no means complete. The main objective of the present study is to advance the cloud-radiation interaction parameterization, focusing on the issues related to model misrepresentation of cloud horizontal inhomogeneity. This subject is addressed with the state-of-the-art Tripleclouds radiative solver, the fundamental feature of which is the inclusion of the optically thicker and thinner cloud fraction, where the thicker is associated with the presence of convective updraft elements. The research challenge is to optimally set the pair of cloud condensates characterizing the two cloudy regions and the corresponding geometrical split of layer cloudiness. A diverse cloud field data set was collected for the analysis, comprising case studies of stratocumulus, cirrus and cumulonimbus. The primary goal is to assess the validity of global cloud variability estimate along with various condensate distribution assumptions. More sophisticated parameterizations are subsequently explored, optimizing the treatment of overcast as well as extremely heterogeneous cloudiness. The radiative diagnostics including atmospheric heating rate and net surface flux are consistently studied using the Tripleclouds method, evaluated against a three-dimensional radiation computation. The performance of Tripleclouds mostly significantly surpasses the conventional calculation on horizontally homogeneous cloudiness. The effect of horizontal photon transport is further quantified. The overall conclusions are intrinsically different for each particular cloud type, encouraging endeavors to enhance the use of cloud regime dependent methodologies in next-generation atmospheric models. This study highlighting the Tripleclouds potential for three essential cloud types signifies the need for more research examining a broader spectrum of cloud morphologies.

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@article{cr07000h,
  author={Črnivec, N. and Mayer, B.},
  title={Towards an improved treatment of cloud-radiation interaction in weather and climate models: exploring the potential of the Tripleclouds method for various cloud types using libRadtran 2.0.4},
  year={2021},
  journal={Geosci. Model Dev.},
  volume={14},
  number={6},
  pages={3663--3682},
  doi={10.5194/gmd-14-3663-2021},
}

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SP  - 3663
EP  - 3682
DO  - 10.5194/gmd-14-3663-2021
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