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Li et al. 2022

Li, L., N. Mahowald, J. Kok, X. Liu, M. Wu, D. Leung, D. Hamilton, L. Emmons, Y. Huang, J. Meng, N. Sexton, and J. Wan, 2022: Importance of different parameterization changes for the updated dust cycle modelling in the Community Atmosphere Model (version 6.1). Geosci. Model Dev., 15, no. 22, 8181-8219, doi:10.5194/gmd-15-8181-2022.

The Community Atmosphere Model (CAM6.1), the atmospheric component of the Community Earth System Model (CESM; version 2.1), simulates the life cycle (emission, transport, and deposition) of mineral dust and its interactions with physio-chemical components to quantify the impacts of dust on climate and the Earth system. The accuracy of such quantifications relies on how well dust-related processes are represented in the model. Here we update the parameterizations for the dust module, including those on the dust emission scheme, the aerosol dry deposition scheme, the size distribution of transported dust, and the treatment of dust particle shape. Multiple simulations were undertaken to evaluate the model performance against diverse observations, and to understand how each update alters the modeled dust cycle and the simulated dust direct radiative effect. The model-observation comparisons suggest that substantially improved model representations of the dust cycle are achieved primarily through the new more physically-based dust emission scheme. In comparison, the other modifications induced small changes to the modeled dust cycle and model-observation comparisons, except the size distribution of dust in the coarse mode, which can be even more influential than that of replacing the dust emission scheme. We highlight which changes introduced here are important for which regions, shedding light on further dust model developments required for more accurately estimating interactions between dust and climate.

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@article{li09210z,
  author={Li, L. and Mahowald, N. and Kok, J. and Liu, X. and Wu, M. and Leung, D. and Hamilton, D. and Emmons, L. and Huang, Y. and Meng, J. and Sexton, N. and Wan, J.},
  title={Importance of different parameterization changes for the updated dust cycle modelling in the Community Atmosphere Model (version 6.1)},
  year={2022},
  journal={Geosci. Model Dev.},
  volume={15},
  number={22},
  pages={8181--8219},
  doi={10.5194/gmd-15-8181-2022},
}

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TY  - JOUR
ID  - li09210z
AU  - Li, L.
AU  - Mahowald, N.
AU  - Kok, J.
AU  - Liu, X.
AU  - Wu, M.
AU  - Leung, D.
AU  - Hamilton, D.
AU  - Emmons, L.
AU  - Huang, Y.
AU  - Meng, J.
AU  - Sexton, N.
AU  - Wan, J.
PY  - 2022
TI  - Importance of different parameterization changes for the updated dust cycle modelling in the Community Atmosphere Model (version 6.1)
JA  - Geosci. Model Dev.
VL  - 15
IS  - 22
SP  - 8181
EP  - 8219
DO  - 10.5194/gmd-15-8181-2022
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