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1547NOVEMBER 2003AMERICAN METEOROLOGICAL SOCIETY | CLOUDS AND CLIMATE: A PROBLEM
 

Summary: 1547NOVEMBER 2003AMERICAN METEOROLOGICAL SOCIETY |
CLOUDS AND CLIMATE: A PROBLEM
THAT REFUSES TO DIE. Clouds of many
varieties fill the global atmosphere (Fig. 1). They
are composed of drops and crystals with scales on the
order of microns to millimeters. They are associated
with convection and turbulence on scales of meters
to kilometers. They are organized within mesoscale
and synoptic-scale dynamical systems that interact
with the global circulation of the atmosphere.
The representation of cloud processes in global at-
mospheric models has been recognized for decades
BREAKING THE CLOUD
PARAMETERIZATION
DEADLOCK
BY DAVID RANDALL, MARAT KHAIROUTDINOV, AKIO ARAKAWA, AND WOJCIECH GRABOWSKI
Progress on the cloud parameterization problem has been too slow. The authors advocate a
new approach that is very promising but also very expensive computationally.
AFFILIATIONS: RANDALL AND KHAIROUTDINOV--Department of
Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, Fort Collins,

  

Source: Ackerman, Thomas P. - Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington at Seattle
Pu, Zhaoxia - Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Utah

 

Collections: Environmental Sciences and Ecology; Geosciences