Observationally-Based Data/Model Metrics from the Southern Ocean Climate Model Atlas

Thursday, 17 December 2015
Poster Hall (Moscone South)
Jordan Abell, Joellen L Russell and Paul J Goodman, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, United States
The Southern Ocean Climate Model Atlas makes available observationally-based standardized data/model metrics of the latest simulations of climate and projections of climate change from available climate models. Global climate model simulations differ greatly in the Southern Ocean, so the development of consistent, observationally-based metrics, by which to assess the fidelity of model simulations is essential. We will present metrics showing and quantifying the results of the modern day climate simulations over the Southern Ocean from models submitted as part of the CMIP5/IPCC-AR5 process. Our analysis will focus on the simulations of the temperature, salinity and carbon at various depths and along significant hydrographic sections. The models exhibit different skill levels with various metrics between models and also within individual models.