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Cloud feedback in atmospheric general circulation models: An update

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Esch,  Monika
MPI for Meteorology, Max Planck Society;

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Roeckner,  Erich
MPI for Meteorology, Max Planck Society;

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Cess, R. D., Zhang, M. H., Ingram, W. J., Potter, G. L., Alekseev, V., Barker, H. W., et al. (1996). Cloud feedback in atmospheric general circulation models: An update. Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, 101, 12791 -12794. doi:10.1029/96JD00822.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0014-9F5E-9
Abstract
Six years ago, we compared the climate sensitivity of 19 atmospheric general circulation models and found a roughly threefold variation among the models; most of this variation was attributed to differences in the models' depictions of cloud feedback. In an update of this comparison, current models showed considerably smaller differences in net cloud feedback, with most producing modest values. There are, however, substantial differences in the feedback components, indicating that the models still have physical disagreements.