Articles | Volume 18, issue 9
Review article
07 May 2018
Review article |  | 07 May 2018

Assessing the uncertainty of soil moisture impacts on convective precipitation using a new ensemble approach

Olga Henneberg, Felix Ament, and Verena Grützun

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Short summary
Soil moisture influences the occurrence of convective precipitation. An accurate knowledge of soil moisture might improve the prediction of convective cells. But the model uncertainty overshadows the impact of soil moisture in convection resolving models. Only drastic soil moisture changes can exhibit the model uncertainties. Both the enhanced and reduced soil moisture result in a reduced precipitation rate. We point out the need for uncertainty estimations in soil moisture studies.
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