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Marine Stratocumulus Cloud Cover and Climate

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Project "MSCCC" data sheet

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 Coordinator Country Germany [DE]
 Project website
 Total cost 159˙460 €
 EC max contribution 159˙460 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2015
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-04-01   to  2018-03-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITAET LEIPZIG DE (LEIPZIG) coordinator 159˙460.00


 Project objective

Global climate change is forced by the balance of the warming due to anthropogenic greenhouse gases and the cooling due to anthropogenic aerosol pollution particles. Among these, the cloud-mediated aerosol radiative forcing is by far the main component of the uncertainty. Marine stratocumulus clouds in particular play a decisive role due to their very large net effect on the Earth's radiative energy budget. Stratocumulus clouds occur in the two main regimes of open and closed cells that differ significantly by their cloud cover, and thus by their radiative effect. The main hypothesis of this proposal is that anthropogenic aerosols exert a substantial radiative forcing via their potential to impede or delay the transition from closed to open cells marine stratocumulus, and that this presumably un-buffered effect is not accounted for in forcing estimates by current climate models. The Marine Stratocumulus Cloud Cover and Climate (MSCCC) project aims to improve the quantification, at a global, multi-year scale, of the radiative forcing on climate that anthropogenic aerosols exert by affecting stratocumulus cloud cover. To achieve this goal an inter-disciplinary approach that involves both observations and climate modelling is required. I will develop novel satellite observation methodologies in order to retrieve an in-depth understanding of the processes relevant for the transitions between closed and open stratocumulus regimes, and based on these I will evaluate and improve the relevant climate model parameterizations to realistically represent the forcing by aerosols due to stratocumulus transitions in climate models. This will allow to significantly reduce the uncertainty in simulated aerosol-cloud radiative forcing, and subsequently also in simulated climate sensitivity and projections of future climate change. Achieving these goals will be performed in synergy with my training to acquire complementary knowledge and skills in climate modelling.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Edward Gryspeerdt, Johannes Quaas, Tom Goren, Daniel Klocke, Matthias Brueck
An automated cirrus classification
published pages: 6157-6169, ISSN: 1680-7316, DOI: 10.5194/acp-18-6157-2018
Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 18/9 2019-06-13
2018 Tom Goren, Daniel Rosenfeld, Odran Sourdeval, Johannes Quaas
Satellite observations of precipitating marine stratocumulus show greater cloud fraction for decoupled clouds in comparison to coupled clouds
published pages: , ISSN: 0094-8276, DOI: 10.1029/2018GL078122
Geophysical Research Letters 2019-06-13
2018 Odran Sourdeval, Edward Gryspeerdt, Martina Krämer, Tom Goren, Julien Delanoë, Armin Afchine, Friederike Hemmer, Johannes Quaas
Ice crystal number concentration estimates from lidar-radar satellite remote sensing. Part 1: Method and evaluation
published pages: 1-31, ISSN: 1680-7316, DOI: 10.5194/acp-2018-20
Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions 2019-06-13

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