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

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).

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Author Heymsfield, Andrew
Schmitt, Carl
Chen, Chih-Chieh-Jack
Bansemer, Aaron
Gettelman, Andrew
Field, Paul R
Liu, Chuntao
Publisher UCAR/NCAR - GDEX
Publication Date 2020-04-10
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Metadata Date 2022-07-21T12:31:13-06:00
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Metadata Language eng; USA
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. UCAR/NCAR - GDEX. Accessed 22 May 2024.

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