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Volume 11, issue 1 | Copyright
Geosci. Model Dev., 11, 77-81, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-11-77-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Development and technical paper 09 Jan 2018

Development and technical paper | 09 Jan 2018

The Cloud Feedback Model Intercomparison Project Observational Simulator Package: Version 2

Dustin J. Swales1,2, Robert Pincus1,2, and Alejandro Bodas-Salcedo3 Dustin J. Swales et al.
  • 1Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, Colorado, USA
  • 2NOAA/Earth System Research Laboratory, Boulder, Colorado, USA
  • 3Met Office Hadley Centre, Exeter, UK

Abstract. The Cloud Feedback Model Intercomparison Project Observational Simulator Package (COSP) gathers together a collection of observation proxies or satellite simulators that translate model-simulated cloud properties to synthetic observations as would be obtained by a range of satellite observing systems. This paper introduces COSP2, an evolution focusing on more explicit and consistent separation between host model, coupling infrastructure, and individual observing proxies. Revisions also enhance flexibility by allowing for model-specific representation of sub-grid-scale cloudiness, provide greater clarity by clearly separating tasks, support greater use of shared code and data including shared inputs across simulators, and follow more uniform software standards to simplify implementation across a wide range of platforms. The complete package including a testing suite is freely available.

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This paper introduces a new version of diagnostic software (COSP2) intended to facilitate more straightforward comparisons between climate models and observational cloud datasets. This version allows users to more closely incorporate their own models assumptions within COSP, while also being computationally more efficient and straightforward for users to extend and build upon.
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