Earth Institute Research Projects

ROSES10 A24-COUND is a project of using NASA A-Train satellite data for IPCC climate model evaluations; NASA A-Train satellite data for IPCC climate model

Lead PI: Dr. Larissa S. Nazarenko

Unit Affiliation: Center for Climate Systems Research (CCSR)

November 2011 - September 2012
Global ; New York
Project Type: Research

DESCRIPTION: This project aims to evaluate cloud properties in the GISS climate models with and without tropospheric aerosol indirect effect. Using two climate models (with and without tropospheric aerosol indirect effect), we will carry out analysis of cloud and aerosol changes between present 1986-2005 and pre-industrial 1850-1870, as well as the influence of these changes on climate system and large-scale atmospheric circulation.

OUTCOMES: This project will allow identification, comparison and improved quantification of major climate forcings. Comparison of model and proxy records will test model‐simulated mechanisms while the model in turn provides insight into factors contributing to prox


Jet Propulsion Lab, California Institute of Technology


NASA - Goddard Space Flight Center




Jiang, J.H., H. Su, C. Zhai, T.J. Shen, T. Wu, J. Zhang, J.N.S. Cole, K. von Salzen, L.J. Donner, C. Seman, A. Del Genio, L.S. Nazarenko, J.-L. Dufresne, M. Watanabe, C. Morcrette, T. Koshiro, H. Kawai, A. Gettelman, L. Millán, W.G. Read, N.J. Livesey, Y. Kasai, and M. Shiotani, 2015: Evaluating the diurnal cycle of upper-tropospheric ice clouds in climate models using SMILES observations. J. Atmos. Sci., 72, no. 3, 1022-1044, doi:10.1175/JAS-D-14-0124.1.


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