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Druyan and Fulakeza 2018

Druyan, L.M., and M. Fulakeza, 2018: Downscaling atmosphere-ocean global climate model precipitation simulations over Africa using bias-Corrected lateral and lower boundary conditions. Atmosphere, 9, no. 12, 493.

A prequel study showed that dynamic downscaling using a regional climate model (RCM) over Africa improved the Goddard Institute for Space Studies Atmosphere-Ocean Global Climate Model (GISS AOGCM: ModelE) simulation of June-September rainfall patterns over Africa. The current study applies bias corrections to the lateral and lower boundary data from the AOGCM driving the RCM, based on the comparison of a 30-year simulation to the actual climate. The analysis examines the horizontal pattern of June-September total accumulated precipitation, the time versus latitude evolution of zonal mean West Africa (WA) precipitation (showing monsoon onset timing), and the latitude versus altitude cross-section of zonal winds over WA (showing the African Easterly Jet and the Tropical Easterly Jet). The study shows that correcting for excessively warm AOGCM Atlantic sea-surface temperatures (SSTs) improves the simulation of key features, whereas applying 30-year mean bias corrections to atmospheric variables driving the RCM at the lateral boundaries does not improve the RCM simulations. We suggest that AOGCM climate projections for Africa should benefit from downscaling by nesting an RCM that has demonstrated skill in simulating African climate, driven with bias-corrected SST.

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BibTeX Citation

@article{dr07400v,
  author={Druyan, L. M. and Fulakeza, M.},
  title={Downscaling atmosphere-ocean global climate model precipitation simulations over Africa using bias-Corrected lateral and lower boundary conditions},
  year={2018},
  journal={Atmosphere},
  volume={9},
  number={12},
  pages={493},
}

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TY  - JOUR
ID  - dr07400v
AU  - Druyan, L. M.
AU  - Fulakeza, M.
PY  - 2018
TI  - Downscaling atmosphere-ocean global climate model precipitation simulations over Africa using bias-Corrected lateral and lower boundary conditions
JA  - Atmosphere
VL  - 9
IS  - 12
SP  - 493
ER  -

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