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Prediction of Global Distribution of Cloud Cover Using Multimodel Ensemble

Title: Prediction of Global Distribution of Cloud Cover Using Multimodel Ensemble.
Name(s): Bucci, Lisa, author
Krishnamurti, T. N., professor co-directing thesis
Ruscher, Paul, professor co-directing thesis
Liu, Guosheng, committee member
Misra, Vasu, committee member
Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2010
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This study addresses the issue of global and regional cloud cover forecasts. Using a suite of global models, the multimodel superensemble forecasts are constructed for total cloud coverage and layered (low, middle, and high) cloud coverage out to 7 days (168 hours). The experiments were conducted on a 1° latitude by 1° longitude spatial grid at a 24 hour temporal resolution. The multimodel superensemble carries a training and a forecast phase. Several training periods were used to determine an optimal training phase. The total period of this study includes October 2006 through February 2007. Clouds from the International Satellite Cloud Climatology Project (ISCCP) were used for training and cloud validations. The metrics for the forecast evaluation include the root mean square errors, spatial correlations, and equitable threat scores. The results show a significant improvement (~25%) of the multimodel superensemble forecasts compared to those from the member models forecasts, as well as their ensemble mean for the global and regional domains.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-2890 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Meteorology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2010.
Date of Defense: April 20, 2010.
Keywords: Cloud Forecasting, Superensemble
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: T. N. Krishnamurti, Professor Co-Directing Thesis; Paul Ruscher, Professor Co-Directing Thesis; Guosheng Liu, Committee Member; Vasu Misra, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Oceanography
Atmospheric sciences
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Owner Institution: FSU

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