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Geosci. Model Dev., 8, 3621-3637, 2015
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doi:10.5194/gmd-8-3621-2015
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Model experiment description paper
06 Nov 2015
Ice-sheet configuration in the CMIP5/PMIP3 Last Glacial Maximum experiments
A. Abe-Ouchi1,2, F. Saito2, M. Kageyama3, P. Braconnot3, S. P. Harrison4, K. Lambeck5, B. L. Otto-Bliesner6, W. R. Peltier7, L. Tarasov8, J.-Y. Peterschmitt3, and K. Takahashi2 1Atmosphere Ocean Research Institute, University of Tokyo, 5-1-5, Kashiwanoha, Kashiwa-shi, Chiba 277-8564, Japan
2Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, 3173-25 Showamachi, Kanazawa, Yokohama, Kanagawa, 236-0001, Japan
3Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement/Institut Pierre Simon Laplace unité mixte de recherches CEA-CNRS-UVSQ, Orme des Merisiers, point courrier 129, 91191 Gif sur Yvette Cedex, France
4Centre for Past Climate Change and School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Sciences, University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading, RG6 6AH, UK
5Research School of Earth Sciences, The Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 0200, Australia
6Climate and Global Dynamics Division, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO 80305, USA
7Department of Physics, University of Toronto, 60 George Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1A7, Canada
8Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, NL A1B 3X7, Canada
Abstract. We describe the creation of a data set describing changes related to the presence of ice sheets, including ice-sheet extent and height, ice-shelf extent, and the distribution and elevation of ice-free land at the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM), which were used in LGM experiments conducted as part of the fifth phase of the Coupled Modelling Intercomparison Project (CMIP5) and the third phase of the Palaeoclimate Modelling Intercomparison Project (PMIP3). The CMIP5/PMIP3 data sets were created from reconstructions made by three different groups, which were all obtained using a model-inversion approach but differ in the assumptions used in the modelling and in the type of data used as constraints. The ice-sheet extent in the Northern Hemisphere (NH) does not vary substantially between the three individual data sources. The difference in the topography of the NH ice sheets is also moderate, and smaller than the differences between these reconstructions (and the resultant composite reconstruction) and ice-sheet reconstructions used in previous generations of PMIP. Only two of the individual reconstructions provide information for Antarctica. The discrepancy between these two reconstructions is larger than the difference for the NH ice sheets, although still less than the difference between the composite reconstruction and previous PMIP ice-sheet reconstructions. Although largely confined to the ice-covered regions, differences between the climate response to the individual LGM reconstructions extend over the North Atlantic Ocean and Northern Hemisphere continents, partly through atmospheric stationary waves. Differences between the climate response to the CMIP5/PMIP3 composite and any individual ice-sheet reconstruction are smaller than those between the CMIP5/PMIP3 composite and the ice sheet used in the last phase of PMIP (PMIP2).

Citation: Abe-Ouchi, A., Saito, F., Kageyama, M., Braconnot, P., Harrison, S. P., Lambeck, K., Otto-Bliesner, B. L., Peltier, W. R., Tarasov, L., Peterschmitt, J.-Y., and Takahashi, K.: Ice-sheet configuration in the CMIP5/PMIP3 Last Glacial Maximum experiments, Geosci. Model Dev., 8, 3621-3637, doi:10.5194/gmd-8-3621-2015, 2015.
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We describe the creation of boundary conditions related to the presence of ice sheets, including ice-sheet extent and height, ice-shelf extent, and the distribution and altitude of ice-free land, at the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM), for use in LGM experiments conducted as part of the Coupled Modelling Intercomparison Project (CMIP5) and Palaeoclimate Modelling Intercomparison Project (PMIP3). The difference in the ice sheet boundary conditions as well as the climate response to them are discussed.
We describe the creation of boundary conditions related to the presence of ice sheets, including...
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