High definittion clouds and precipitation for advancing climate prediction

Thank you to all participants! 

The problem to understand and simulate clouds and precipitation is longstanding and unequivocal in its importance for our community.  It is also multidimensional: observation, theory and model development must go hand in hand to improve our understanding. The processes involving clouds and precipitation span scales ranging from the microphysical to radiative and thermodynamic effects that are emergent globally. They cannot be subsumed by one single computer simulation but must always be treated in a unified combination of process observation, theory and modelling. The multi-scale nature of the problem also naturally explains why it will not be possible to fully resolve the problem in any reasonable way in the foreseeable future. Instead, we will have to adapt our approaches to the questions that are being posed. 

We invited researchers to come to Berlin to join us for an international conference on "Understanding clouds and precipitation through highly resolved process modelling and observations".

We reflected the different dimensions of the problem in four sessions (see also the Outcomes at the right for session summaries by the chairs):

  • Advances in simulating clouds and precipitation
  • Advances in observing clouds and precipitation
  • Advances in parametrizing cloud and precipitation
  • Process based constraints for climate prediction

Confirmed Speakers Christine Chiu, George Craig, Tristan L'Ecuyer, Richard Forbes, Wojtek Grabowski, Steve Klein, Louise Nuijens, Dave Randall, Evelyne Richard, Masaki Satoh, Steve Sherwood, Alison Stirling  

Conveners Thomas Ackermann, Joachim Biercamp, Sandrine Bony, Ulrike Burkhardt, Susanne Crewell, Sarah Jones, Andreas Macke, Robert Pincus, Johannes Quaas, Florian Rauser,  Christoph Schär, Thomas Schulthess, Axel Seifert, Pier Siebesma, Clemens Simmer, Bjorn Stevens

Organising Committee Florian Rauser, Angela Gruber, Tjado Barsuhn