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https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-15-5405-2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-15-5405-2015
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19 May 2015
Research article |  | 19 May 2015

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

W.-L. Lee, Y. Gu, K. N. Liou, L. R. Leung, and H.-H. Hsu

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This paper investigates 3-D mountain effects on solar flux distributions and their impact on surface hydrology over the western United States, specifically the Rocky Mountains and the Sierra Nevada, using the global CCSM4 (CAM4/CLM4) with a 0.23°×0.31° resolution for simulations over 6 years. We show that deviations in 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.
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