Jason N. S. Cole

Research Scientist - Climate model development and evaluation

Current research and/or projects

Development, evaluation and application of global climate models with a focus on cloud and radiative transfer parameterizations

  • Development of radiative transfer and cloud parameterizations for large-scale models
  • Application of satellite data to evaluate clouds and radiative transfer simulated by global climate models
  • Simulation of interactions between clouds and radiative transfer over a range of scales using models

Education and awards

B.Sc. Atmospheric Science and Physics, 1998

M.Sc. The Pennsylvania State University, Meteorology, 2002

Ph.D. The Pennsylvania State University, Meteorology, 2005

Key publications

Cole, J. N. S., H. W. Barker, N. G. Loeb, and K. von Salzen, 2011, Assessing simulated clouds and radiative fluxes using properties of clouds whose tops are exposed to space, J. Climate, 24, 2715-2727.

Ma, X, K. von Salzen and J. N. S. Cole, 2010, Constraints on interactions between aerosols and clouds on a global scale from a combination of MODIS-CERES satellite data and climate simulations, ACP, 10, 9851-9861.

Barker, H. W., J. N. S. Cole, J.-J. Morcrette, R. Pincus, P. Raisanen, P. Vaillancourt, and K. von Salzen, 2008, The Monte Carlo Independent Column Approximation: An assessment using several global climate models, Q. J. R. Met. Soc., 134, 1463-1478.

Morcrette, J.-J., H. W. Barker, J. N. S. Cole, M. J. Iacono, and R. Pincus, Impact of a new radiation package, McRad, in the ECMWF Integrated Forecasting System, 2008, Mon. Wea. Rev., 136, 4773-4798.

Cole, J. N. S., H. W. Barker, W. O'Hirok, E. E. Clothiaux, M. F. Khairoutdinov and D. A. Randall, Atmospheric Radiative Transfer Through Global Arrays of 2D Clouds,2005, Geophys. Res. Lett, 32, L19817.

Cole, J. N. S., H. W. Barker, D. A. Randall, M. F. Khairoutdinov and E. E. Clothiaux, Global Consequences of Interactions between Clouds and Radiation at Scales Unresolved by Global Climate Models, Geophys. Res. Lett, 32, L06703.

Raisanen, P., H. W. Barker and J. N. S. Cole, The Monte Carlo Independent Column Approximation Conditional Random Noise: Impact on Simulated Climate, 2005) J. Atmos. Sci., 18, 4715-4730.

Pawlak, D. T., E. E. Clothiaux, M. M. Modest, and J. N. S. Cole, Full Spectrum Correlated-k for Shortwave Atmospheric Radiative Transfer, 2004, J. Atmos. Sci., 61, 2588-2601.