Comparison of the surface solar radiation budget derived from satellite data with that simulated by the NCAR CCM2

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Abstract

A comparison of the monthly mean shortwave surface radiation budget (SRB) obtained from the World Climate Research Program (WCRP) shortwave global dataset with that simulated by the National Center for Atmopsheric Research Community Climate Model version 2.0 (CCM2) is presented. WCRP/SRB data are derived from the International Satellite Cloud Climatology Project (ISCCP) C1 data using the Pinker algorithm. The largest discrepancies are found in the summer midlatitude regions where CCM2 overestimates surface solar fluxes relative to Pinker by as much as 100 W m-2. Most of the differences are associated with deficiencies in CCM2's prediction of cloud optical properties and cloud amount.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2824-2842
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Climate
Volume8
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atmospheric Science

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