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Kay et al. 2016

Kay, J.E., T. L'Ecuyer, H. Chepfer, N. Loeb, A. Morrison, and G. Cesana, 2016: Recent advances in Arctic cloud and climate research. Curr. Clim. Change Rep., 2, no. 4, 159-169, doi:10.1007/s40641-016-0051-9.

While the representation of clouds in climate models has become more sophisticated over the last 30+ years, the vertical and seasonal fingerprints of Arctic greenhouse warming have not changed. Are the models right? Observations in recent decades show the same fingerprints: surface amplified warming especially in late fall and winter. Recent observations show no summer cloud response to Arctic sea ice loss but increased cloud cover and a deepening atmospheric boundary layer in fall. Taken together, clouds appear to not affect the fingerprints of Arctic warming. Yet, the magnitude of warming depends strongly on the representation of clouds. Can we check the models? Having observations alone does not enable robust model evaluation and model improvement. Comparing models and observations is hard enough, but to improve models, one must both understand why models and observations differ and fix the parameterizations. It is all a tall order, but recent progress is summarized here.

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  author={Kay, J. E. and L'Ecuyer, T. and Chepfer, H. and Loeb, N. and Morrison, A. and Cesana, G.},
  title={Recent advances in Arctic cloud and climate research},
  journal={Curr. Clim. Change Rep.},

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ID  - ka03400r
AU  - Kay, J. E.
AU  - L'Ecuyer, T.
AU  - Chepfer, H.
AU  - Loeb, N.
AU  - Morrison, A.
AU  - Cesana, G.
PY  - 2016
TI  - Recent advances in Arctic cloud and climate research
JA  - Curr. Clim. Change Rep.
VL  - 2
IS  - 4
SP  - 159
EP  - 169
DO  - 10.1007/s40641-016-0051-9
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