Articles | Volume 13, issue 1
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-13-297-2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-13-297-2020
Methods for assessment of models
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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

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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.