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      20 July 2019 , Volume 36 Issue 7   
    Climate and Vegetation Drivers of Terrestrial Carbon Fluxes: A Global Data Synthesis
    Shutao CHEN, Jianwen ZOU, Zhenghua HU, Yanyu LU
    2019 , 36 (7): 679 -696.   DOI: 10.1007/s00376-019-8194-y
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    The terrestrial carbon (C) cycle plays an important role in global climate change, but the vegetation and environmental drivers of C fluxes are poorly understood. We established a global dataset with 1194 available data across site-years including gross primary productivity (GPP), ecosystem respiration (ER), net ecosystem productivity (NEP), and relevant environmental factors to investigate the variability in GPP, ER and NEP, as well as their covariability with climate and vegetation drivers. The results indicated that both GPP and ER increased exponentially with the increase in mean annual temperature (MAT) for all biomes. Besides MAT, annual precipitation (AP) had a strong correlation with GPP (or ER) for non-wetland biomes. Maximum leaf area index (LAI) was an important factor determining C fluxes for all biomes. The variations in both GPP and ER were also associated with variations in vegetation characteristics. The model including MAT, AP and LAI explained 53% of the annual GPP variations and 48% of the annual ER variations across all biomes. The model based on MAT and LAI explained 91% of the annual GPP variations and 92.9% of the annual ER variations for the wetland sites. The effects of LAI on GPP, ER or NEP highlighted that canopy-level measurement is critical for accurately estimating ecosystem-atmosphere exchange of carbon dioxide. The present study suggests a significance of the combined effects of climate and vegetation (e.g., LAI) drivers on C fluxes and shows that climate and LAI might influence C flux components differently in different climate regions.

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    LASG Global AGCM with a Two-moment Cloud Microphysics Scheme: Energy Balance and Cloud Radiative Forcing Characteristics
    Lei WANG, Qing BAO, Wei-Chyung WANG, Yimin LIU, Guo-Xiong WU, Linjiong ZHOU, Jiandong LI, Hua GONG, Guokui NIAN, Jinxiao LI, Xiaocong WANG, Bian HE
    2019 , 36 (7): 697 -710.   DOI: 10.1007/s00376-019-8196-9
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    Cloud dominates influence factors of atmospheric radiation, while aerosol-cloud interactions are of vital importance in its spatiotemporal distribution. In this study, a two-moment (mass and number) cloud microphysics scheme, which significantly improved the treatment of the coupled processes of aerosols and clouds, was incorporated into version 1.1 of the IAP/ LASG global Finite-volume Atmospheric Model (FAMIL1.1). For illustrative purposes, the characteristics of the energy balance and cloud radiative forcing (CRF) in an AMIP-type simulation with prescribed aerosols were compared with those in observational/reanalysis data. Even within the constraints of the prescribed aerosol mass, the model simulated global mean energy balance at the top of the atmosphere (TOA) and at the Earth's surface, as well as their seasonal variation, are in good agreement with the observational data. The maximum deviation terms lie in the surface downwelling longwave radiation and surface latent heat flux, which are 3.5 W m-2 (1%) and 3 W m-2 (3.5%), individually. The spatial correlations of the annual TOA net radiation flux and the net CRF between simulation and observation were around 0.97 and 0.90, respectively. A major weakness is that FAMIL1.1 predicts more liquid water content and less ice water content over most oceans. Detailed comparisons are presented for a number of regions, with a focus on the Asian monsoon region (AMR). The results indicate that FAMIL1.1 well reproduces the summer-winter contrast for both the geographical distribution of the longwave CRF and shortwave CRF over the AMR. Finally, the model bias and possible solutions, as well as further works to develop FAMIL1.1 are discussed.

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    Striping Noise Analysis and Mitigation for Microwave Temperature Sounder-2 Observations
    Xiaolei ZOU, Xiaoxu TIAN
    2019 , 36 (7): 711 -720.   DOI: 10.1007/s00376-019-9009-x
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    The Microwave Temperature Sounder (MWTS)-2 has a total of 13 temperature-sounding channels with the capability of observing radiance emissions from near the surface to the stratosphere. Similar to the Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder (ATMS), striping pattern noise, primarily in the cross-track direction, exists in MWTS-2 radiance observations. In this study, an algorithm based on principal component analysis (PCA) combined with ensemble empirical mode decomposition (EEMD) is described and applied to MWTS-2 brightness temperature observations. It is arguably necessary to smooth the first three principal component (PC) coefficients by removing the first four intrinsic mode functions (IMFs) using the EEMD method (denoted as PC3/IMF4). After the PC3/IMF4 noise mitigation, the striping pattern noise is effectively removed from the brightness temperature observations. The noise level in MWTS-2 observations is significantly higher than that detected in ATMS observations. In May 2014, the scanning profile of MWTS-2 was adjusted from varying-speed scanning to constant-speed scanning. The impact on striping noise levels brought on by this scan profile change is also analyzed here. The striping noise in brightness temperature observations worsened after the profile change. Regardless of the scan profile change, the striping noise mitigation method reported in this study can more or less suppress the noise levels in MWTS-2 observations.

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    An Adjoint-Free CNOP-4DVar Hybrid Method for Identifying Sensitive Areas in Targeted Observations: Method Formulation and Preliminary Evaluation
    Xiangjun TIAN, Xiaobing FENG
    2019 , 36 (7): 721 -732.   DOI: 10.1007/s00376-019-9001-5
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    This paper proposes a hybrid method, called CNOP-4DVar, for the identification of sensitive areas in targeted observations, which takes the advantages of both the conditional nonlinear optimal perturbation (CNOP) and four-dimensional variational assimilation (4DVar) methods. The proposed CNOP-4DVar method is capable of capturing the most sensitive initial perturbation (IP), which causes the greatest perturbation growth at the time of verification; it can also identify sensitive areas by evaluating their assimilation effects for eliminating the most sensitive IP. To alleviate the dependence of the CNOP-4DVar method on the adjoint model, which is inherited from the adjoint-based approach, we utilized two adjoint-free methods, NLS-CNOP and NLS-4DVar, to solve the CNOP and 4DVar sub-problems, respectively. A comprehensive performance evaluation for the proposed CNOP-4DVar method and its comparison with the CNOP and CNOP-ensemble transform Kalman filter (ETKF) methods based on 10 000 observing system simulation experiments on the shallow-water equation model are also provided. The experimental results show that the proposed CNOP-4DVar method performs better than the CNOP-ETKF method and substantially better than the CNOP method.

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    Charney's Model——the Renowned Prototype of Baroclinic Instability——Is Barotropically Unstable As Well
    Yuan-Bing ZHAO, X. San LIANG
    2019 , 36 (7): 733 -752.   DOI: 10.1007/s00376-019-8189-8
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    The Charney model is reexamined using a new mathematical tool, the multiscale window transform (MWT), and the MWT-based localized multiscale energetics analysis developed by Liang and Robinson to deal with realistic geophysical fluid flow processes. Traditionally, though this model has been taken as a prototype of baroclinic instability, it actually undergoes a mixed one. While baroclinic instability explains the bottom-trapped feature of the perturbation, the second extreme center in the perturbation field can only be explained by a new barotropic instability when the Charney-Green number γ? 1, which takes place throughout the fluid column, and is maximized at a height where its baroclinic counterpart stops functioning. The giving way of the baroclinic instability to a barotropic one at this height corresponds well to the rectification of the tilting found on the maps of perturbation velocity and pressure. Also established in this study is the relative importance of barotropic instability to baroclinic instability in terms of γ. When $\gamma\gg1$, barotropic instability is negligible and hence the system can be viewed as purely baroclinic; when γ?1, however, barotropic and baroclinic instabilities are of the same order; in fact, barotropic instability can be even stronger. The implication of these results has been discussed in linking them to real atmospheric processes.

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