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C. Nam, S. Bony, J.-L. Dufresne and H. Chepfer The ‘too few, too bright’ tropical low-cloud problem in CMIP5 models Geophysical Research Letters 39

Version of Record online: 1 NOV 2012 | DOI: 10.1029/2012GL053421

Key Points

  • Low clouds too optically thick; particularly shallow cumulus clouds
  • Compensating errors: underestimate low-cloud & overestimate high-cloud fraction
  • Relative frequency of stratocumulus & shallow cumulus clouds not captured well

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