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Title: A global model simulation for 3-D radiative transfer impact on surface hydrology over Sierra Nevada and Rocky Mountains

We investigate 3-D mountain effects on solar flux distributions and their impact on surface hydrology over the Western United States, specifically the Rocky Mountains and Sierra Nevada using CCSM4 (CAM4/CLM4) global model with a 0.23° × 0.31° resolution for simulations over 6 years. In 3-D radiative transfer parameterization, we have updated surface topography data from a resolution of 1 km to 90 m to improve parameterization accuracy. In addition, we have also modified the upward-flux deviation [3-D - PP (plane-parallel)] adjustment to ensure that energy balance at the surface is conserved in global climate simulations based on 3-D radiation parameterization. We show that deviations of the net surface fluxes are not only affected by 3-D mountains, but also influenced by feedbacks of cloud and snow in association with the long-term simulations. Deviations in sensible heat and surface temperature generally follow the patterns of net surface solar flux. The monthly snow water equivalent (SWE) deviations show an increase in lower elevations due to reduced snowmelt, leading to a reduction in cumulative runoff. Over higher elevation areas, negative SWE deviations are found because of increased solar radiation available at the surface. Simulated precipitation increases for lower elevations, while decreases for higher elevationsmore » with a minimum in April. Liquid runoff significantly decreases in higher elevations after April due to reduced SWE and precipitation.« less
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  1. Research Center for Environmental Changes, Taipei (Taiwan)
  2. Univ. of California, Los Angeles, CA (United States)
  3. Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
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DESC0006742 (UCLA); DE-AC05-76RLO1830 (PNNL)
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Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions (Online)
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Journal Name: Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions (Online); Journal Volume: 14; Journal Issue: 22; Journal ID: ISSN 1680-7375
Copernicus GmbH
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