|Review comments for "The importance of model resolution on simulated precipitation in Europe – from global to regional model" by G. Strandberg and P. Lind|
I would like to thank the authors for taking into account my comments and responding accordingly. The paper is now much clearer, and the results more robust now that the analyses are also performed on a common grid.
I list below a few additional minor comments. In addition to revising the clarity of the entire manuscript, I would particularly recommend to revise the abstract carefully, clarify its sentences (and correct the typos) so it summarises the findings of this study clearly. I wrote a few suggestions below. I also still found a few typos in the text.
L. 12: remove 'weather and', as NWP models are not the scope of this paper
L. 13: 'to represent it': what does 'it' refer to? Precipitation processes, or the changes in precipitation? I would suggest to clarify the entire sentence.
L. 14: 'in a range of' -> replace by 'in available'
L. 15-17: again here, the word resolution is used when it actually refers to grid spacing. Please specify at which latitude the grid spacing is given.
L. 23-24: 'where the largest contribution... and lowest': Does that refer to the differences? I would suggest to clarify.
L. 38: actually, according to Fig 11 and Fig 12, this is also true for PRIMAVERA, but it depends on the index considered. I would suggest to make the sentence more specific to the results shown in the paper.
L. 39: replace 'higher' by 'increasing'
L. 40: remove 'most often'
L. 46: remove 'similar'
L. 43-46: it depends on seasons. I would suggest to clarify the whole paragraph based on the results shown.
L 46: 'as different CORDEX RCMs driven by the same GCM may give different results' -> they do give different results, but again 1 RCM driven by different GCMs also do give different results (as shown in Fig 11), so do the differences between the RCM and the driving GCM really depend more on the RCM? From Fig 11, it doesn't seem to be the case, both play a role, with more or less impact depending on the regions and seasons. See also results from Vautard et al, 2020, now in press:
Vautard, R., Kadygrov, N., Iles, C., Boberg, F., Buonomo, E., Bülow, K., et al. (2020). Evaluation of the large EURO‐CORDEX regional climate model ensemble. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 125, e2019JD032344. Accepted Author Manuscript. https://doi.org/10.1029/2019JD032344
L. 47: remove that sentence, as the other studies also look at the spread. The strength of this study is that it looks at many other indices, and includes CMIP6, as well as PRIMAVERA LR, so it adds information on CMIP6 versus CMIP5, and the impact of increasing resolution solely in an ensemble of GCMs.
L. 99: Note that Demory et al do not only compare with E-OBS but also with high resolution observations based on high density network. The published version is:
Demory, M.-E., Berthou, S., Fernández, J., Sørland, S. L., Brogli, R., Roberts, M. J., Beyerle, U., Seddon, J., Haarsma, R., Schär, C., Buonomo, E., Christensen, O. B., Ciarlo ̀, J. M., Fealy, R., Nikulin, G., Peano, D., Putrasahan, D., Roberts, C. D., Senan, R., Steger, C., Teichmann, C., and Vautard, R.: European daily precipitation according to EURO-CORDEX regional climate models (RCMs) and high-resolution global climate models (GCMs) from the High-Resolution Model Intercomparison Project (HighResMIP), Geosci. Model Dev., 13, 5485–5506, https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-13-5485-2020, 2020.
L. 153: add 50 km mid-latitude grid spacing
L. 930: 'is given in the same format as'
Table 2: institue -> institute; Euro-CORDEX-> EURO-CORDEX
Fig. 2 and 3: specify in the caption that it is now the median which is shown.
Pay also attention to the use of the word 'different/difference', it is used many times in single sentences (e.g. L. 18, L. 554, many others) and makes the sentences hard to read.