New spatial and temporal-spatial object-based tools from the field of weather forecast verification (where comparisons typically focus on much finer temporal and spatial scales) have been adapted to more completely answer some of the important earth system model evaluation questions. In particular, the Method for Object-based Diagnostic Evaluation (MODE) tool and its temporal (three-dimensional) extension have been adapted for these evaluations. More specifically, these tools can be used to address spatial and temporal displacements in projections of El Nino-related precipitation and/or temperature anomalies, ITCZ-associated precipitation areas, atmospheric rivers, seasonal sea-ice extent, and other features of interest. Examples of several applications of these tools in a S2S or climate context (e.g., using the CESM large ensemble) will be presented. In general, these tools provide diagnostic information about model performance – accounting for spatial, temporal, and intensity differences – that cannot be achieved using traditional (scalar) model comparison approaches. Thus, they can provide more information that can be used in decision-making and planning. Future extensions and applications of these tools in a climate context will be described.