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Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 15413-15424, 2016
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13 Dec 2016
The source of discrepancies in aerosol–cloud–precipitation interactions between GCM and A-Train retrievals
Takuro Michibata et al.


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This study identifies a fundamental flaw of a GCM in aerosol–cloud–precipitation interactions. The model predicts a monotonic increase in the LWP in response to increased aerosols, which is in stark contrast to satellite retrievals that show a regional variation in the sign of the LWP response. The model also fails to represent the observed dependency of the LWP response on macrophysical regimes. The model biases are attributed to the autoconversion process, with a lack of buffering mechanisms.
This study identifies a fundamental flaw of a GCM in aerosol–cloud–precipitation...