EGU21-16443, updated on 28 Sep 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu21-16443
EGU General Assembly 2021
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Using the learnings of machine learning to distill cloud controlling environmental regimes from satellite observations

Alyson Douglas and Philip Stier
Alyson Douglas and Philip Stier
  • University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

Cloud processes are the leading source of uncertainty in our current global climate models. Therefore understanding cloud formation, lifetime, and decay remains pivotal in order to reduce uncertainty in our global climate models future projections. Exploiting over ten years of satellite observations, the relationships between cloud properties and environmental factors, including aerosols, can be better understood and clustered into environmental regimes. We cluster regimes based on the regional strength of the relationships between the environment and cloud properties revealed using a random forest. Numerous processes, such as stratocumulus to cumulus transitions, may be constrained by the environmental regimes revealed by our analysis. Our results show that depending on the region, aerosol and the environment work to determine the baseline cloud properties. These observation based regimes can be compared to regimes derived from global climate models to understand how well model parameterizations capture the cloud controlling factors.

How to cite: Douglas, A. and Stier, P.: Using the learnings of machine learning to distill cloud controlling environmental regimes from satellite observations, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-16443, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu21-16443, 2021.

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