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Some results from an intercomparison of the climates simulated by 14 atmospheric general circulation models

Boer, G. J., Arpe, K., Blackburn, M., Déqué, M., Gates, W. L., Hart, T. L., le Treut, H., Roeckner, E., Sheinin, D. A., Simmonds, I., Smith, R. N. B., Tokioka, T., Wetherald, R. T. and Williamson, D. (1992) Some results from an intercomparison of the climates simulated by 14 atmospheric general circulation models. Journal of Geophysical Research, 97 (D12). pp. 12771-12786. ISSN 0148-0227

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To link to this article DOI: 10.1029/92JD00722

Abstract/Summary

Some climatological information from 14 atmospheric general circulation models is presented and compared in order to assess the ability of a broad group of models to simulate current climate. The quantities considered are cross sections of temperature, zonal wind, and meridional stream function together with latitudinal distributions of mean sea level pressure and precipitation rate. The nature of the deficiencies in the simulated climates that are common to all models and those which differ among models is investigated; the general improvement in the ability of models to simulate certain aspects of the climate is shown; consideration is given to the effect of increasing resolution on simulated climate; and approaches to understanding and reducing model deficiencies are discussed. The information presented here is a subset of a more voluminous compilation which is available in report form (Boer et al., 1991). This report contains essentially the same text, but results from all 14 models are presented together with additional results in the form of geographical distributions of surface variables and certain difference statistics.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Science > School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences > Department of Meteorology
ID Code:34991
Publisher:American Geophysical Union

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