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  1. Abstract

    Tropical ascent area (Aa) and high cloud fraction (HCF) are projected to decrease with surface warming in most Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 5 (CMIP5) models. Perturbing deep convective parameters in the Community Atmosphere Model (CAM5) results in a similar spread and correlation between HCF andAaresponses to interannual warming compared to the CMIP5 ensemble, with a narrowerAacorresponding to greater HCF reduction. Perturbing cloud physics parameters produces a comparatively smaller range ofAaresponses to warming and a dissimilar HCF‐Aarelation to that in CMIP5; a narrowerAacorresponds to less HCF reduction, likely due to cloud radiative effects. A narrowing ofAacorresponds to a regime shift toward stronger precipitation in both experiments. We infer that model differences in deep convection parameterization likely play a greater role than differing cloud physics in determining the diverse responses ofAaand HCF to warming in CMIP5.

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