CMIP5 historical simulations (1850-2012) with GISS ModelE2


Journal Article

Observations of climate change during the CMIP5 extended historical period (1850-2012) are compared to trends simulated by six versions of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies ModelE2 Earth System Model. The six models are constructed from three versions of the ModelE2 atmospheric general circulation model, distinguished by their treatment of atmospheric composition and the aerosol indirect effect, combined with two ocean general circulation models, HYCOM and Russell. Forcings that perturb the model climate during the historical period are described. Five-member ensemble averages from each of the six versions of ModelE2 simulate trends of surface air temperature, atmospheric temperature, sea ice and ocean heat content that are in general agreement with observed trends, although simulated warming is slightly excessive within the past decade. Only simulations that include increasing concentrations of long-lived greenhouse gases match the warming observed during the twentieth century. Differences in twentieth-century warming among the six model versions can be attributed to differences in climate sensitivity, aerosol and ozone forcing, and heat uptake by the deep ocean. Coupled models with HYCOM export less heat to the deep ocean, associated with reduced surface warming in regions of deepwater formation, but greater warming elsewhere at high latitudes along with reduced sea ice. All ensembles show twentieth-century annular trends toward reduced surface pressure at southern high latitudes and a poleward shift of the midlatitude westerlies, consistent with observations. Key Points The model simulates many observed climate trends during the twentieth century Contrasting warming trends among different model configurations can be related to differences in climate sensitivity, aerosol and ozone forcing, and ocean heat uptake Total forcing at the end of the CMIP5 historical period is larger than forcing within the previous (CMIP3) version of the model, due to greater greenhouse gas forcing with a smaller aerosol offset © 2014. The Authors.

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Cited Authors

  • Miller, RL; Schmidt, GA; Nazarenko, LS; Tausnev, N; Bauer, SE; Delgenio, AD; Kelley, M; Lo, KK; Ruedy, R; Shindell, DT; Aleinov, I; Bauer, M; Bleck, R; Canuto, V; Chen, Y; Cheng, Y; Clune, TL; Faluvegi, G; Hansen, JE; Healy, RJ; Kiang, NY; Koch, D; Lacis, AA; Legrande, AN; Lerner, J; Menon, S; Oinas, V; Pérez García-Pando, C; Perlwitz, JP; Puma, MJ; Rind, D; Romanou, A; Russell, GL; Sato, M; Sun, S; Tsigaridis, K; Unger, N; Voulgarakis, A; Yao, MS; Zhang, J

Published Date

  • January 1, 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 6 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 441 - 477

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1942-2466

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/2013MS000266

Citation Source

  • Scopus