High Definition Clouds and Precipitation for Climate Prediction

HD(CP)┬▓ is a BMBF funded German-wide research initiative to improve our understanding of cloud and precipitation processes and their implication for climate prediction.

HD(CP)2 strives to build and use a model capable of very high-resolution simulations with horizontal grid spacings of 100 m. This model will be run as short hindcasts over a few days, to advance the parameterization of clouds and precipitation, and to reduce uncertainty in climate projections related to these quantities. The second key aspect of HD(CP)2 is to use, organize and improve ground, in situ and satellite based observations of cloud and precipitation events on a scale that was not possible before. The third pillar of HD(CP)2 is to understand, synthesize and combine the results from modelling and observations to evaluate, modify and improve existing climate models.

The three aspects of HD(CP)2 are reflected both in our project structure as well as in our results and products.

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Dr. Florian Rauser
Max Planck Institute for Meteorology
Bundesstra├če 53
D-20146 Hamburg
Phone: +49 40 41173 125