The NPP scholar will perform climate studies through analyzing observations from the state-of-the-art satellite and reanalysis datasets (e.g., AIRS, CERES, GPM, ERA5, and MERR2) as well as climate model simulations from the latest phases of the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (e.g., CMIP6).
How well do CMIP6 models simulate the historical climate in comparison to observations?
How does the double-ITCZ bias influence model cloud feedback and climate sensitivity?
Why is there a spread of model climate sensitivity in CMIP6 models and how to constrain the model climate sensitivity using observations?
The scholar can pursue a wide range of research topics depending on his/her research interests.
Why does the double-ITCZ bias persist in CMIP models and how to reduce or remove it from the models?
However, several possible research topics are listed below.
Has the double-ITCZ bias been reduced in CMIP6 models in comparison to CMIP3 or CMIP5 models?