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Geosci. Model Dev., 3, 227-242, 2010
www.geosci-model-dev.net/3/227/2010/
doi:10.5194/gmd-3-227-2010
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Pliocene Model Intercomparison Project (PlioMIP): experimental design and boundary conditions (Experiment 1)
A. M. Haywood1, H. J. Dowsett2, B. Otto-Bliesner3, M. A. Chandler4,5, A. M. Dolan1, D. J. Hill6, D. J. Lunt7,8, M. M. Robinson2, N. Rosenbloom3, U. Salzmann9, and L. E. Sohl4,5
1School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK
2Eastern Geology and Paleoclimate Science Center, US Geological Survey, MS926A, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA 20192, USA
3CCR, CGD/NCAR, P.O. Box 3000, Boulder, CO 80307-3000, USA
4Center for Climate Systems Research, Columbia University, 2880 Broadway, New York, NY, 10025, USA
5NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, New York, NY, USA
6British Geological Survey, Keyworth, Nottingham, NG12 5GG, UK
7School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol, University Road, Bristol, BS8 1SS, UK
8British Antarctic Survey, High Cross, Madingley Road, Cambridge, Cambs, CB3 0ET, UK
9School of Applied Sciences, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8ST, UK

Abstract. In 2008 the temporal focus of the Palaeoclimate Modelling Intercomparison Project was expanded to include a model intercomparison for the mid-Pliocene warm period (3.29–2.97 million years ago). This project is referred to as PlioMIP (Pliocene Model Intercomparison Project). Two experiments have been agreed upon and comprise phase 1 of PlioMIP. The first (Experiment 1) will be performed with atmosphere-only climate models. The second (Experiment 2) will utilise fully coupled ocean-atmosphere climate models. The aim of this paper is to provide a detailed model intercomparison project description which documents the experimental design in a more detailed way than has previously been done in the literature. Specifically, this paper describes the experimental design and boundary conditions that will be utilised for Experiment 1 of PlioMIP.

Citation: Haywood, A. M., Dowsett, H. J., Otto-Bliesner, B., Chandler, M. A., Dolan, A. M., Hill, D. J., Lunt, D. J., Robinson, M. M., Rosenbloom, N., Salzmann, U., and Sohl, L. E.: Pliocene Model Intercomparison Project (PlioMIP): experimental design and boundary conditions (Experiment 1), Geosci. Model Dev., 3, 227-242, doi:10.5194/gmd-3-227-2010, 2010.
 
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