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AOSS faculty earn DoE funding for climate model research

Posted: December 9, 2014

AOSS faculty earn DoE funding for climate model research

Associate Professor Xianglei Huang and Assistant Professor Mark Flanner recently received an award from the Department of Energy (DoE).

This award will fund their research to improve the longwave radiation schemes in ACME (Accelerated Climate Model for Energy), a new climate model that is currently under development by DoE with aim to directly support energy emission and DoE science objectives.

The project is entitled “Major improvements on the longwave radiative interactions between surface and clouds in the Polar Regions in atmospheric global circulation model”. It will primarily address two issues in current longwave radiation schemes, namely the unrealistic representation of surface spectral emissivity and the unrealistic representation of longwave scattering of clouds.

Huang is the PI for this project. Participants include Flanner and scholars from Texas A&M and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.

The project was motivated by published studies on polar radiation budget by Huang’s group in collaboration with Flanner (news report). It will reduce biases in the representation of longwave radiative interactions between surface and atmosphere over the entire globe, with particular importance for the simulation of polar climate and its change in response to the increases of greenhouse gases.

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