Articles | Volume 14, issue 5
Geosci. Model Dev., 14, 2801–2826, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-14-2801-2021
Geosci. Model Dev., 14, 2801–2826, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-14-2801-2021

Model description paper 19 May 2021

Model description paper | 19 May 2021

SimCloud version 1.0: a simple diagnostic cloud scheme for idealized climate models

Qun Liu et al.

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Short summary
Clouds play an vital role in Earth's energy budget, and even a small change in cloud fields can have a large impact on the climate system. They also bring lots of uncertainties to climate models. Here we implement a simple diagnostic cloud scheme in order to reproduce the general radiative properties of clouds. The scheme can capture some key features of the cloud fraction and cloud radiative properties and thus provide a useful tool to explore unsolved problems relating to clouds.