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Volume 1, issue 1
Geosci. Model Dev., 1, 53-68, 2008
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-1-53-2008
© Author(s) 2008. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Special issue: The FAMOUS climate model

Geosci. Model Dev., 1, 53-68, 2008
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-1-53-2008
© Author(s) 2008. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

  12 Dec 2008

12 Dec 2008

A description of the FAMOUS (version XDBUA) climate model and control run

R. S. Smith1, J. M. Gregory1,2, and A. Osprey1 R. S. Smith et al.
  • 1NCAS-Climate, Walker Institute, Reading, UK
  • 2Met Office Hadley Centre, Exeter, UK

Abstract. FAMOUS is an ocean-atmosphere general circulation model of low resolution, capable of simulating approximately 120 years of model climate per wallclock day using current high performance computing facilities. It uses most of the same code as HadCM3, a widely used climate model of higher resolution and computational cost, and has been tuned to reproduce the same climate reasonably well. FAMOUS is useful for climate simulations where the computational cost makes the application of HadCM3 unfeasible, either because of the length of simulation or the size of the ensemble desired. We document a number of scientific and technical improvements to the original version of FAMOUS. These improvements include changes to the parameterisations of ozone and sea-ice which alleviate a significant cold bias from high northern latitudes and the upper troposphere, and the elimination of volume-averaged drifts in ocean tracers. A simple model of the marine carbon cycle has also been included. A particular goal of FAMOUS is to conduct millennial-scale paleoclimate simulations of Quaternary ice ages; to this end, a number of useful changes to the model infrastructure have been made.

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