Cloud cover archiving on a global scale: a discussion of principles ( UK).

A. Henderson-Sellers, N. A. Hughes, M. Wilson

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Abstract

Examination is made of the temporal and spatial variability of cloudiness in light of recommendations made by GARP in 1975 (and updated by JOC in 1978 and 1980) for cloud data archiving. An examination of the methods of comparing cloud cover frequency curves suggests that the use of the beta distribution not only facilitates objective comparisons, but also reduces overall storage requirements. A specific study of the only current global cloud climatology (the US Air Force's 3-dimensional nephanalysis) over the UK indicates that discussion of methods of validating satellite-based data sets is urgently required. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1300-1307
Number of pages8
JournalBulletin, American Meteorological Society
Volume62
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1981
Externally publishedYes

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