Wednesday, October 26, 2011

COSP -- new tool for Cloud Simulations

Climate models have a hard time representing clouds accurately because they lack the spatial resolution necessary to accurately simulate the clouds....

Livermore scientists and international collaborators have developed a new tool that will help scientists better represent the clouds observed in the sky in climate models.

Stephen Klein, who along with LLNL's Yuying Zhang and other collaborators have developed the Cloud-Feedback-Model Intercomparison Project Observation Simulator Package (COSP).

The COSP is now used worldwide by most of the major models for climate and weather prediction, and it will play an important role in the evaluation of models that will be reviewed by the next report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Klein said.

More information: More information about the COSP appears in the August issue of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.
http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/pdf/10.1175/2011BAMS2856.1

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