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Volume 10, issue 11
Geosci. Model Dev., 10, 4285–4305, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-10-4285-2017
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Geosci. Model Dev., 10, 4285–4305, 2017
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Methods for assessment of models 27 Nov 2017

Methods for assessment of models | 27 Nov 2017

The Cloud Feedback Model Intercomparison Project (CFMIP) Diagnostic Codes Catalogue – metrics, diagnostics and methodologies to evaluate, understand and improve the representation of clouds and cloud feedbacks in climate models

Yoko Tsushima et al.
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Cloud feedback is the largest uncertainty associated with estimates of climate sensitivity. Diagnostics have been developed to evaluate cloud processes in climate models. For this understanding to be reflected in better estimates of cloud feedbacks, it is vital to continue to develop such tools and to exploit them fully during the model development process. Code repositories have been created to store and document the programs which will allow climate modellers to compute these diagnostics.
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