The Pre-VOCALS Model Assessment (PreVOCA). Matt Wyant Chris Bretherton Rob Wood, Univ. of Washington Roberto Mechoso, UCLA ...and most important... Participating modeling groups. PreVOCA.
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The Pre-VOCALS Model Assessment (PreVOCA)
Univ. of Washington
Roberto Mechoso, UCLA
...and most important...
Participating modeling groups
GOAL: Assess the forecast skill and biases of global/ regional model simulations of SE Pacific boundary-layer clouds on diurnal and longer timescales.
WHAT? Daily hindcasts for October 2006 over the SE Pacific.
WHO? 14 modeling groups using regional and global models, including climate models run in forecast mode.
STATUS: Results near submission.
NEXT: A second phase focusing more on cloud-aerosol interaction and chemical transport based on VOCALS-REx period Oct-Nov 2008 will be announced shortly.
Oct 2006 10 m vector wind (m s-1) - models agree fairly well
Omega at 850 hPa (Pa s-1) - also not too bad
Low Cloud Fraction
Liquid Water Path (g m-2)
SW down at surface (W m-2)
85W sounding comparisons
October soundings at IMET BUOY location
Sharpness of inversion challenges even the highest-resolution models
Most models have too low an inversion near the coast.
Diurnal Composite LWP
TMI climo from
Wood et al. (2002) GRL
Diurnal Composite Low Cloud Fraction
EECRA compiled by Sungsu Park
November 14-28 2001
Garreaud and Munoz (2004)
w at 800hPa
Operational models capture synoptic variability quite well.
CAM and GFDL are also capturing the main cloud transition.
Many regional models are struggling against mean biases
From PreVOCA to VOCA...
VOCA: Similar protocol to preVOCA using REx observations from 15 Oct -15 Nov 2008
More focus on chemical transport, aerosol concentrations and reff vs. in-situ and CALIPSO data.
We will send out a detailed protocol in summer 2009. All modeling groups are welcome (with or without chemical transport modeling capability).
The VAMOS Ocean-Cloud-Atmosphere-Land Study