I am currently focused on the Cloud and Aerosol Satellite Simulator project within New Zealand's Deep South Challenge. This work involves analyzing cloud properties from the New Zealand Earth System Model (NZESM) and observations from satellites. The goal of this endeavour is to refine the cloud portrayal in the NZESM and improve the models performance in the Southern Hemisphere.
- Jolly B., Kuma P., McDonald A. and Parsons S. (2018) An analysis of the cloud environment over the Ross Sea and Ross Ice Shelf using CloudSat/CALIPSO satellite observations: The importance of synoptic forcing. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 18(13): 9723-9739. http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-9723-2018.
- Schuddeboom A., McDonald AJ., Morgenstern O., Harvey M. and Parsons S. (2018) Regional Regime‐Based Evaluation of Present‐Day General Circulation Model Cloud Simulations Using Self‐Organizing Maps. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 123 http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/2017JD028196.
- Parsons S., McDonald A., Varma V. and Schuddeboom A. (2017) Investigation of Regional Cloud Regimes using ISCCP and HadGEM3 GA7. Tokyo: 2017 CFMIP Meeting on Clouds, Precipitation, Circulation & Climate Sensitivity, 25-28 Sep 2017
- Parsons S., McDonald A., Varma V., Gettelman A., Cassano J. and Bodas-Salcedo A. (2017) Satellite Simulator Evaluation of NZESM: A like for like methodology. Wellington: Deep South Challenge, 4-6 Sep 2017
- Coggins JHJ., Parsons S. and Schiel D. (2016) An assessment of the ocean wave climate of New Zealand as represented in Kidson's synoptic types. International Journal of Climatology 36(6): 2481-2496. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/joc.4507.