Articles | Volume 15, issue 22
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 13195–13216, 2015
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 13195–13216, 2015

Research article 27 Nov 2015

Research article | 27 Nov 2015

On the ability of RegCM4 regional climate model to simulate surface solar radiation patterns over Europe: an assessment using satellite-based observations

G. Alexandri et al.

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It is shown here that RegCM4 regional climate model adequately simulates surface solar radiation (SSR) over Europe but significantly over/underestimates several parameters that determine the transmission of solar radiation in the atmosphere. The agreement between RegCM4 and satellite-based SSR observations is actually a result of the conflicting effect of these parameters. We suggest that there should be a reassessment of the way these parameters are represented within this and other models.
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