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EUCLIPSE : EU Cloud intercomparison, process study and evaluation project

Description:

The central objective of EUCLIPSE is to reduce the uncertainty in the representation of cloud processes and feedbacks in the new generation of Earth System Models (ESMs), in support of the IPCC's fifth assessment report. Novel, process-oriented evaluations of clouds in present-day and future climate simulations made by the leading European ESMs identified the cloud types and processes responsible for the spread in climate sensitivity and future precipitation changes across the models, and for deficiencies in the simulation of the present-day climate. The new diagnostics and metrics developed in EUCLIPSE will inform targeted sensitivity experiments to isolate the processes responsible for cloud feedback uncertainty.

Project information

Lead
KONINKLIJK NEDERLANDS METEOROLOGISCH INSTITUUT (NL) KOOT Annemarie
Partners

* Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute, Netherlands * Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Germany * Met Office, United Kingdom * Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique Institute Pierre Simon Laplace, France * Academy of Athens, Greece * European Centre of Medium Range Weather Forecasts, United Kingdom * Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands * Météo-France, France * University of Stockholm, Sweden * Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich, Switzerland * University of Warsaw, Poland * German High Performance Computing Centre for Climate and Earth System Research, Germany

Source of funding
FP 7

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Keywords

Climate models, cloud feedbacks, clouds

Duration

2010/2/1-2014/1/31

Climate impacts

Droughts, Extreme Temperatures, Flooding, Ice and Snow, Sea Level Rise, Storms, Water Scarcity

Elements

Observations and Scenarios

Sectors

Agriculture, Biodiversity, Buildings, Coastal areas, Disaster Risk Reduction, Energy, Financial, Forestry, Health, Marine and Fisheries, Transport, Urban, Water management

Geographic characterization

Global

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