Cloud Physics

Convection and cloud research emphasizes the use of observations to further understanding of fundamental physical processes and their relationship to climate and the general circulation, and development and testing of improved parameterizations of those processes for use in the GISS global climate model. Data analysis makes use of satellite observations from the NASA TRMM, CloudSat/CALIPSO, and ISCCP programs, surface-based observations from the DOE ARM sites, and reanalyses. Modeling includes development using a Single Column Model to simulate real-world case studies and the 3-D GCM to simulate convection and cloud effects on climate and climate change.