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Sub-gridscale parameterisation through the validation and data assimilation of cloud properties for weather prediction and climate modelling from fusion of eo and ground-based instruments (CLOUDMAP2)

Objective

CLOUDMAP2 aims to produce and exploit value-added satellite remote sensing data products on macroscopic (e.g. cloud-top height) and microscopic (e.g. cloud droplet radius) properties and water vapour distributions to characterise sub-grid scale processes within Numerical Weather Prediction Models (NWP) through validation and data assimilation. The results will have a large potential application to Global Climate Models. Current and near-future Earth Observation (EO) data, provided by ESA, EUMETSAT and NASA will be employed to derive geophysical value-added data products for over a decade from the ATSR(2) sensor over Europe and the North Atlantic region as well as through the use of near real-time EO data for this region. Ground-based active and passive thermal Infrared remote-sensing instruments will be used to help validate EO derived products as well as be merged to create new fused value-added products. Numerical simulation experiments based on state-of-the-art radiative transfer methods will be used to quantify the effect of broken clouds on the Earth ' s radiation budget and lead to a better representation of clouds within GCMs.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

N/A

Participants (8)

COUNCIL FOR THE CENTRAL LABORATORY OF THE RESEARCH COUNCILS
United Kingdom
Address
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
OX11 0QX Didcot,harwell,chilton
FREIE UNIVERSITAET BERLIN
Germany
Address
Fabeckstrasse 69
14195 Berlin
GERMAN AEROSPACE CENTRE
Germany
Address
Muenchener Strasse 20, Oberpfaffernhofen
82234 Wessling
ROYAL NETHERLANDS METEOROLOGICAL INSTITUTE
Netherlands
Address
10,Wilhelminalaan 10
3730 AE De Bilt
SWEDISH METEOROLOGICAL AND HYDROLOGICAL INSTITUTE
Sweden
Address
Folkborgsvägen 1
601 76 Norrköping
SWISS FEDERAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY ZUERICH
Switzerland
Address
Eth-hoenggerberg
8093 Zurich
SWISS METEOROLOGICAL INSTITUTE
Switzerland
Address
Kraehbuehlstrasse 58
8044 Zurich
THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY
United States
Address
110 Technology Center
16802 University Park, Pa