Articles | Volume 13, issue 1
Methods for assessment of models
29 Jan 2020
Methods for assessment of models |  | 29 Jan 2020

A simulator for the CLARA-A2 cloud climate data record and its application to assess EC-Earth polar cloudiness

Salomon Eliasson, Karl-Göran Karlsson, and Ulrika Willén

Data sets

WCRP CMIP5: The EC-EARTH Consortium EC-EARTH model output collection EC Earth consortium

Model code and software

CLARA-A2 satellite simulator S. Eliasson

Short summary
This paper describes a new satellite simulator. Its purpose is to simulate the CLARA-A2 climate data record from a climate model atmosphere. We explain how the simulator takes into account the regionally variable cloud detection skill of the observations. The simulator makes use of the long/lat-gridded validation between CLARA-A2 and the CALIOP satellite-borne lidar dataset. Using the EC-Earth climate model, we show a sizable impact on climate model validation, especially at high latitudes.