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Geoscientific Model Development An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-2017-148
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08 Aug 2017
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The Cloud Feedback Model Intercomparison Project Observational Simulator Package: Version 2 (COSP2)
Dustin J. Swales1,2, Robert Pincus1,2, and Alejandro Bodas-Salcedo3 1Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, Colorado, USA
2NOAA/Earth System Research Laboratory, Boulder, Colorado, USA
3Hadley Centre, Met Office, Exeter, UK
Abstract. The Cloud Feedback Model Intercomparison Project Observational Simulator Package (COSP) gathers together a collection of observation proxies or satellite simulators that translate model-simulated cloud properties to synthetic observations as would be obtained by a range of satellite observing systems. This paper introduces COSP 2, an evolution focusing on more explicit and consistent separation between host model, coupling infrastructure, and individual observing proxies. Revisions also enhance flexibility by allowing for model-specific representation of sub-grid scale cloudiness, provide greater clarity by clearly separating tasks, support greater use of shared code and data including shared inputs across simulators, and follow more uniform software standards to simplify implementation across a wide range of platforms. The complete package including a testing suite is freely available.

Citation: Swales, D. J., Pincus, R., and Bodas-Salcedo, A.: The Cloud Feedback Model Intercomparison Project Observational Simulator Package: Version 2 (COSP2), Geosci. Model Dev. Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-2017-148, in review, 2017.
Dustin J. Swales et al.
Dustin J. Swales et al.
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