Articles | Volume 12, issue 2
Geosci. Model Dev., 12, 829–847, 2019
Geosci. Model Dev., 12, 829–847, 2019

Methods for assessment of models 22 Feb 2019

Methods for assessment of models | 22 Feb 2019

The Cloud_cci simulator v1.0 for the Cloud_cci climate data record and its application to a global and a regional climate model

Salomon Eliasson et al.

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To enable fair comparisons of clouds between climate models and the ESA Cloud_cci climate data record (CDR), we present a tool called the Cloud_cci simulator. The tool takes into account the geometry and cloud detection capabilities of the Cloud_cci CDR to allow fair comparisons. We demonstrate the simulator on two climate models. We find the impact of time sampling has a large effect on simulated cloud water amount and that the simulator reduces the cloud cover by about 10 % globally.