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Item #d91oct40

"Response of the [NCAR] Community Climate Model to Improvements in the Representation of Clouds," A. Slingo (NCAR, POB 3000, Boulder CO 80307), J.M. Slingo, J. Geophys. Res., 96(D8), 15,341-15,357, Aug. 20, 1991.

Inclusion of a new parameterization for the shortwave radiative properties of water clouds as well as the ECMWF cloud prediction scheme in the NCAR model led to improvements in model temperature structure, radiation budget and cloud radiative fluxes, compared to data. Although cloud distributions over the subtropical oceans appear realistic, results show that a more comprehensive formulation of the cloud boundary layer is required.

Item #d91oct41

"The Sensitivity of a General Circulation Model Climate to the Moisture Transport Formulation," P.J. Rasch (addr. immed above), D.L. Williamson, ibid., 96(D7), 13,123-13,137, July 20, 1991. Examines two versions of the model which produce very different climatologies, primarily as a result of the redistribution of water vapor.

Item #d91oct42

"Sensitivity of the Global Climate System to Initial Conditions," A.A. Tsonis (Dept. Geosci., Univ. Wisconsin, Milwaukee WI 53201), Eos, 72(30), 313, 328, July 23, 1991. Model experiments altering the initial conditions of control runs for climate predictions suggest that predictions of altered climate based on models may not have any merit after about 50 years from the starting point.

Item #d91oct43

Two articles from: Clim. Dynamics, 6(1), July 1991.

"Multiforced Statistical Assessments of Greenhouse-Gas-Induced Surface Air Temperature Change 1890-1985," C.-D. Schönwiese (Inst. Meteor., J.W. Goethe Univ., Feldbergstr. 47, W-6000 Frankfurt 1, Ger.), U. Stähler, 23-33. Multivariate statistical analysis is applied to data from Hanson and Lebedeff to remove fluctuations associated with volcanic, solar, ENSO and anthropogenic greenhouse gas forcing. Deduced trends associated with greenhouse forcing are very similar to some GCM results indicating maximum CO2 doubling signals in the Arctic winter, but the signals are moderate in the tropics and Southern Hemisphere.

"Meridional Oscillations in an Idealized Ocean-Atmosphere System, Part I: Uncoupled Modes," V.M. Mehta (Dept. Meteor., Florida State Univ., Tallahassee FL 32306), 49-65. Results from a coupled model with two atmospheric and two oceanic layers show that uncoupled, free modes in the presence of mean meridional circulations have time scales of a week to several decades in the atmosphere and two years to several centuries in the ocean.

Item #d91oct44

"The Effect of Snow Cover on the Climate," J. Cohen (NASA-Goddard, 2880 Broadway, New York NY 10025), D. Rind, J. Clim., 4(7), 689-706, July 1991. Experiments with the GISS GCM showed that snow cover caused only a short-term local decrease in the surface temperature; results emphasize the negative feedback which limits the impact of snow cover over longer time scales.

Item #d91oct45

"Evidence for Decadal Variability in an Ocean General Circulation Model: An Advective Mechanism," A.J. Weaver (Dept. Meteor., McGill Univ., 805 Sherbrooke St. W, Montreal, P.Q. H3A 2K6, Can.), E.S. Sarachik, Atmos.-Ocean, 29(2), 197-231, June 1991. Experiments with the Bryan-Cox Ocean GCM show decadal oscillations associated with advection of salinity and temperature anomalies; crucial to their existence is the use of a low eddy viscosity coefficient.

Item #d91oct46

"Dependence of Cloud Amount on Horizontal Resolution in the [NCAR] Community Climate Model," J.T. Kiehl (NCAR, POB 3000, Boulder CO 80307), D.L. Williamson, J. Geophys. Res., 96(D6), 10,955-10,980, June 20, 1991.

Total cloud amount decreases monotonically with increased horizontal resolution, especially in the low-level cloud associated with stable condensation in the tropics. Results have important implications for cloud parameterization in large-scale models, and raise questions relating to scale dependence of cloud and precipitation parameterizations.

Item #d91oct47

"Approaches to the Simulation of Regional Climate Change: A Review," F. Giorgi (addr. immed. above), L.O. Mearns, Rev. Geophys., 29(2), 191-216, May 1991. Finds that a modeling approach, in which regional scale forcings are described by increasing the resolution of a GCM in areas of interest, holds the most promise compared to more empirically based approaches.

Item #d91oct48

"A Zonal-Averaged Model of the Ocean's Response to Climatic Change," S. Rahmstorf (New Zealand Oceanog. Inst., DSIR, Wellington, N.Z.), J. Geophys. Res., 96(C4), 6951-6963, Apr. 15, 1991.

Describes a new vertical mixing model that combines a box-advection-diffusion model with a bulk mixed layer model, which simulates wind mixing and penetrative convection. When subjected to a 3° C warming for CO2 doubling, the model predicts an ocean temperature rise of 1.5-2.0° C from 1850 to 2050. A scenario for reduced CO2 emissions shows that the surface warming can be slowed dramatically but that a long-term sea level rise from thermal expansion may be inevitable.

Item #d91oct49

"Spatial Distribution of Precipitation Seasonality in the United States," P.L. Finkelstein (Global Process Res., MD-80, US EPA, Res. Triangle Pk. NC 27711), L.R. Truppi, J. Clim., 4(4), 373-385, Apr. 1991.

As part of this study, a 90-year climatic record was compared to model output from four GCMs for both present conditions and for doubled CO2. The models represent current seasonality reasonably well. For future climate, models agree somewhat and suggest a trend toward a spring, rather than a summer, precipitation maximum in the midcontinental areas of the U.S.

Item #d91oct50

"A Comparison of the Climatology of a Troposphere-Stratosphere-Mesosphere Model with Observations," S. Pawson (Inst. Meteor., Free Univ. Berlin, D.-Schaefer-Weg 6-10, W-1000 Berlin 41, Ger.). Describes the performance of an ECMWF GCM, which was extended vertically to permit investigation of the effects of ozone depletion on radiative-dynamical interactions.

Item #d91oct51

"CLASS--A Canadian Land Surface Scheme for GCMs. I. Soil Model," D.L. Verseghy (Can. Clim. Ctr., 4905 Dufferin St., Downsview, Ont. M3H 5T4, Can.), Intl. J. Climatol., 11(2), 111-113, Mar. 1991. Experiments illustrate the improved model performance using the new scheme, which incorporates three soil layers with physically based calculations of heat and moisture transfers at the surface and across the layer boundaries.

Item #d91oct52

Discussion on the causes of climate drift of coupled ocean-atmosphere models, Beitr. Phys. Atmos., 64(1), 72, Feb. 1991.

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