Articles | Volume 18, issue 23
Research article
12 Dec 2018
Research article |  | 12 Dec 2018

Comparing ERA-Interim clouds with satellite observations using a simplified satellite simulator

Martin Stengel, Cornelia Schlundt, Stefan Stapelberg, Oliver Sus, Salomon Eliasson, Ulrika Willén, and Jan Fokke Meirink

Data sets

SIMplified satellite simulator For ERA-interim (SIMFERA) M. Stengel and C. Schlundt

Short summary
We present a new approach to evaluate ERA-Interim reanalysis clouds using satellite observations. A simplified satellite simulator was developed that uses reanalysis fields to emulate clouds as they would have been seen by those satellite sensors which were used to compose Cloud_cci observational cloud datasets. Our study facilitates an adequate evaluation of modelled ERA-Interim clouds using observational datasets, also taking into account systematic uncertainties in the observations.
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