Decadal Climate Prediction of AMV-Related Variability from CMIP5

Wednesday, 17 December 2014
Francisco Doblas-Reyes1, Javier García-Serrano1,2 and Virginie Guemas1, (1)Institut Català de Ciències del Clima, Barcelona, Spain, (2)LOCEAN-IPSL, Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC), Paris, France
Initialized decadal hindcasts and radiatively-forced historical simulations from the fifth phase of the Climate Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP5) are analysed to address the relative roles of the initialization and radiative forcing in providing multi-year skill of the Atlantic multi-decadal variability (AMV). The initialized hindcasts reproduce better the phase of the AMV index fluctuations. The radiatively-forced component consists of a residual positive trend, although its identification is ambiguous. Initialization reduces the inter-model spread when estimating the level of AMV skill, thus reducing its uncertainty. Our results show a skilful performance of the initialized hindcasts in capturing the AMV-related SST anomalies over the subpolar gyre and Labrador Sea regions, as well as in the eastern subtropical basin, and the inability of the radiatively-forced historical runs to simulate the horseshoe-like AMV signature over the North Atlantic. The initialized hindcasts are also more skilful at reproducing the observed AMV teleconnection to the West African monsoon. The impact of the start date frequency is described, showing that the standard of five-year interval between start dates yields the main features of the AMV skill that are robustly detected in hindcasts with yearly start date sampling. This work concludes that skilful initialized multi-model forecasts of the AMV-related climate variability can be formulated, improving uninitialized projections, until 3-6 years ahead.