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Geoscientific Model Development An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
Geosci. Model Dev., 10, 3207-3223, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-10-3207-2017
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the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
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01 Sep 2017
Practice and philosophy of climate model tuning across six US modeling centers
Gavin A. Schmidt et al.

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The development of coupled ocean atmosphere climate models is a complex process that inevitably includes multiple calibration steps (sometimes called tuning). Tuning uses degrees of freedom allowed by uncertainties in model approximations to modify parameters to make the simulation better align with some selected observed target(s). We describe how these tuning targets, parameters, and philosophy vary across six US modeling centers in order to increase the transparency of the practice.
The development of coupled ocean atmosphere climate models is a complex process that inevitably...
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