Articles | Volume 10, issue 7
Model evaluation paper
06 Jul 2017
Model evaluation paper |  | 06 Jul 2017

A multi-diagnostic approach to cloud evaluation

Keith D. Williams and Alejandro Bodas-Salcedo

Data sets


CALIPSO-GOCCP data IPSL ClimServ Data Centre

CloudSat data CloudSat Data Processing Center

Model code and software

Versions 8.6 (for GA6) and 10.3 (for GA7) MetOffice

Short summary
The simulation of cloud is problematic for general circulation models. As clouds come in differing types, areal coverage, altitude and reflectivity, it is possible for a model to appear to perform well against a particular observational dataset through a compensation of errors. Here we evaluate a model's cloud simulation against a range of observational datasets, globally and across weather–climate timescales, in order to provide a comprehensive assessment.