Articles | Volume 14, issue 6
Geosci. Model Dev., 14, 3663–3682, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-14-3663-2021
Geosci. Model Dev., 14, 3663–3682, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-14-3663-2021

Development and technical paper 22 Jun 2021

Development and technical paper | 22 Jun 2021

Towards an improved treatment of cloud–radiation interaction in weather and climate models: exploring the potential of the Tripleclouds method for various cloud types using libRadtran 2.0.4

Nina Črnivec and Bernhard Mayer

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This study aims to advance the cloud–radiation interplay treatment in global weather and climate prediction, focusing on cloud horizontal inhomogeneity misrepresentation. We explore the potential of the Tripleclouds method for diverse cloud types, namely the stratocumulus, cirrus and cumulonimbus. The validity of global cloud variability estimate with various condensate distribution assumptions is assessed. Optimizations for overcast and extremely heterogeneous cloudiness are further endorsed.