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Data from NASA satellites will be used to test models of cloud and aerosol effects on climate and to develop better parameterizations for aerosol dust heating, the interaction of aerosols with warm cloud dynamics and the production of ice clouds by tropical convection. Climate models in which clouds are parameterized on a coarse grid, Climate models with embedded Cloud Resolving Models (CRM) and climate models with sufficient resolution to resolve cloud features will all be tested. High resolution satellite data from AIRS, MODIS, AMSR, Cloudsat and Calipso will be used to test both global model output and idealized CRM simulations. Radiative Transfer Models, Cloud Resolving Models and Large Eddy Simulation models will be used to improve understanding, test ideas and develop improved formulations for climate models. Single Column models for global climate models will also be used, and the atmospheric portion of climate models will be run to test the resulting parameterizations.

Project PI: Dennis Hartmann/University of Washington

Box 351640, University of Washington Seattle, Washington 98195-1640

Phone: 206 543-7460

Fax: 206 685-9302

Email:  dennis@atmos.washington.edu

http://www.atmos.washington.edu/~dennis/

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