New research helps crack the mystery of clouds to improve climate prediction – Welcome to NOAA Research
NOAA and partner research on clouds and air-sea interactions will help improve a new generation of models that predict our weather and climate, according to a new summary article that is part of a special issue of the open access journal Earth System Science Data.
“Many climate models differ in how they characterize the key impact of shallow cumulus clouds in the tropics on the Earth’s warming,” said Chris Fairall, a researcher at NOAA’s Physical Sciences Lab who took part in EUREC4A, the European-led field campaign that included NOAA’s Atlantic Tradewind Ocean-Atmosphere Mesoscale Interaction Campaign (ATOMIC). “The research modelers now have the most extensive data ever collected on clouds in the climate system to better characterize clouds and a range of air-sea interactions that affect climate.”
The special issue brings together high quality data and analysis from the 2020 field campaign called, Elucidating the Role of Cloud- Circulation Coupling in Climate or EUREC4A. The campaign took place over five weeks off Barbados in January and February 2020 and involved scientists from 40 partner institutions in nine European countries, nine Caribbean countries as well as North America.