Apr 10, 2020

Contributions of the Liquid and Ice Phases to Global Surface Precipitation: Observations and Global Climate Modeling


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This study is the first to reach a global view of the precipitation process partitioning, using a combination of satellite and global climate modeling data. The pathways investigated are (1) precipitating ice (ice/snow/graupel) that forms above the freezing level and melts to produce rain (S) followed by additional condensation and collection as the melted precipitating ice falls to the surface (R); (2) growth completely through condensation and collection (coalescence), warm rain (W); and (3) precipitating ice (primarily snow) that falls to the surface (SS). To quantify the amounts, data from satellite-based radar measurements—CloudSat, GPM, and TRMM—are used, as well as climate model simulations from the Community Atmosphere Model (CAM) and the UK Met Office Unified Model (UM).

DOI
https://doi.org/10.5065/vm6a-0g11
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Spatial Resolution
1.0 degreesLatitude
1.0 degreesLongitude
Related Links
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GCMD Science Keywords
  • Atmosphere > Precipitation > Liquid Precipitation > Rain
  • Atmosphere > Precipitation > Precipitation Rate
  • Atmosphere > Precipitation > Solid Precipitation
  • Atmosphere > Precipitation > Solid Precipitation > Snow
  • Atmosphere > Precipitation > Total Surface Precipitation Rate
Support Contact
Andrew Heymsfield
UCAR/NCAR - Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology Laboratory
heyms1@ucar.edu

Data Curator
GDEX Curator
UCAR/NCAR - GDEX
datahelp@ucar.edu

Legal Constraints
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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Version History
first_version

Latitude Range
90.0° N to 90.0° S
Longitude Range
180.0° W to 180.0° E
Authors
Heymsfield, Andrew
Schmitt, Carl
Chen, Chih-Chieh-Jack
Bansemer, Aaron
Gettelman, Andrew
Field, Paul R
Liu, Chuntao
Publisher
UCAR/NCAR - GDEX

Suggested Citation
Heymsfield, Andrew, Schmitt, Carl, Chen, Chih-Chieh-Jack, Bansemer, Aaron, Gettelman, Andrew, Field, Paul R, Liu, Chuntao. (2020). Contributions of the Liquid and Ice Phases to Global Surface Precipitation: Observations and Global Climate Modeling. Version first_version. UCAR/NCAR - GDEX. https://doi.org/10.5065/vm6a-0g11. Accessed 28 Jan 2023.
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