How will clouds and circulation respond to global warming or other forcings?
How will they feed back on it through their influence on Earth's radiation budget?
Limited understanding of clouds is the major source of uncertainty in climate sensitivity, but it also contributes substantially to persistent biases in modelled circulation systems.
As one of the main modulators of heating in the atmosphere, clouds control many other aspects of the climate system. Read more in the white paper.
The WCRP Grand Challenge on Clouds, Circulation and Climate Sensitivity is articulated around five main initiatives, complementary and coupled to each other:
- Climate and hydrological sensitivity
- Coupling clouds to circulations
- Changing patterns
- Leveraging the past record
- Towards more reliable models
Last Updated: 17 May 2017