Articles | Volume 20, issue 11
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 6607–6630, 2020
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 6607–6630, 2020

Research article 05 Jun 2020

Research article | 05 Jun 2020

Evaluation of Southern Ocean cloud in the HadGEM3 general circulation model and MERRA-2 reanalysis using ship-based observations

Peter Kuma et al.

Data sets

Hadley Centre Sea Ice and Sea Surface Temperature data set (HadISST) N. A. Rayner, D. E. Parker, E. B. Horton, C. K. Folland, L. V. Alexander, D. P. Rowell, E. C. Kent, and A. Kaplan

Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis for Research and Applications, Version 2 R. Gelaro, W. McCarty, M. J. Suárez, R. Todling, A. Molod, L. Takacs, C. A. Randles, A. Darmenov, M. G. Bosilovich, R. Reichle, K. Wargan, L. Coy, R. Cullather, C. Draper, S. Akella, V. Buchard, A. Conaty, A. M. da Silva, W. Gu, G.-K. Kim, R. Koster, R. Lucchesi, D. Merkova, J. E. Nielsen, G. Partyka, S. Pawson, W. Putman, M. Rienecker, S. D. Schubert, M. Sienkiewicz, and B. Zhao

Model code and software

Automatic Lidar and Ceilometer Framework (ALCF) P. Kuma, A. J. McDonald, O. Morgenstern, R. Querel, I. Silber, and C. J. Flynn

CFMIP Observation Simulator Package A. Bodas-Salcedo and D. Swales

cl2nc P. Kuma

CERES Energy Balanced and Filled (EBAF) TOA Monthly means data in netCDF Edition4.1 D. Doelling

Near-Real-Time DMSP SSM/I-SSMIS Daily Polar Gridded Sea Ice Concentrations, Version 1 J. Maslanik

Short summary
We evaluate clouds over the Southern Ocean in the climate model HadGEM3 and reanalysis MERRA-2 using ship-based ceilometer and radiosonde observations. We find the models underestimate cloud cover by 18–25 %, with clouds below 2 km dominant in reality but lacking in the models. We find a strong link between clouds, atmospheric stability and sea surface temperature in observations but not in the models, implying that sub-grid processes do not generate enough cloud in response to these conditions.
Final-revised paper