2002 Annual

Wednesday, 16 January 2002: 3:29 PM
Preliminary Analysis of Coupled Land-Atmosphere Interactions in AMIP II Simulations
Thomas J. Phillips, LLNL, Livermore, CA; and P. Irannejad, A. Henderson-Sellers, K. McGuffie, E. Clayton, and S. Sharmeen
The overall goal of AMIP Diagnostic Subproject 12 (DSP 12) on Land-surface Processes and Parameterizations is to analyze putative relationships between the participating AGCM simulations of continental climate and the detailed features of their respective coupled land-surface schemes (LSS). One facet of this work is the validation of the AMIP simulations against available observational reference data, in order to assess the extent to which model performance may depend on the degree of complexity of the embedded LSS.

At present, such model validation is quite problematical, owing to the uncertain quality of existing reference data sets. To account for these observational uncertainties, DSP 12 is comparing the AMIP continental simulations against several estimates of "ground truth" obtained by different techniques, e.g. satellite-derived products, reanalyses, and off-line runs of selected LSS that are driven by observed forcings. We also are adopting a variety of analysis techniques to highlight regions and seasons where the AMIP simulations deviate most from the various reference datasets and/or from one another.

Preliminary results of this validation exercise will be presented for available AMIP II simulations.

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