Articles | Volume 20, issue 14
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 8989–9030, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-8989-2020

Special issue: The SPARC Reanalysis Intercomparison Project (S-RIP) (ACP/ESSD...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 8989–9030, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-8989-2020

Research article 29 Jul 2020

Research article | 29 Jul 2020

Differences in tropical high clouds among reanalyses: origins and radiative impacts

Jonathon S. Wright et al.

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High clouds are influential in tropical climate. Although reanalysis cloud fields are essentially model products, they are indirectly constrained by observations and offer global coverage with direct links to advanced water and energy cycle metrics, giving them many useful applications. We describe how high cloud fields are generated in reanalyses, assess their realism and reliability in the tropics, and evaluate how differences in these fields affect other aspects of the reanalysis state.
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