Numerical Models: Parameterization of Physical Processes: Clouds

R. Forbes, C. Jakob, M. Miller

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Clouds are important for weather forecasting and climate prediction not only for their direct role in the hydrological cycle, but also for their interactions with radiation and the dynamics of the atmosphere. The formation and dissipation of clouds depends on the interaction of many small-scale processes, which must be parameterized in atmospheric models. General concepts of cloud parameterization and the hierarchy of approaches commonly used over the years are discussed, as well as contemporary issues for cloud scheme development.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Atmospheric Sciences
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
PublisherAcademic Press
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9780123822260
ISBN (Print)9780123822253
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • Atmospheric models
  • Clouds
  • General circulation models
  • Microphysics
  • Numerical weather prediction
  • Parameterization
  • Precipitation

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