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Title: Characteristics of tropical cyclones in high-resolution models in the present climate

The global characteristics of tropical cyclones (TCs) simulated by several climate models are analyzed and compared with observations. The global climate models were forced by the same sea surface temperature (SST) fields in two types of experiments, using climatological SST and interannually varying SST. TC tracks and intensities are derived from each model's output fields by the group who ran that model, using their own preferred tracking scheme; the study considers the combination of model and tracking scheme as a single modeling system, and compares the properties derived from the different systems. Overall, the observed geographic distribution of global TC frequency was reasonably well reproduced. As expected, with the exception of one model, intensities of the simulated TC were lower than in observations, to a degree that varies considerably across models.
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  1. Columbia Univ., New York, NY (United States)
  2. Columbia Univ., Palisades, NY (United States)
  3. Columbia Univ., New York, NY (United States); Columbia Univ., Palisades, NY (United States)
  4. Columbia Univ., New York, NY (United States); NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, New York, NY (United States)
  5. Columbia Univ., Palisades, NY (United States); Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA (United States)
  6. NOAA/NWS/NCEP Climate Prediction Center, College Park, MD (United States)
  7. Florida State Univ., Tallahassee, FL (United States)
  8. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), Greenbelt, MD (United States); Goddard Earth Sciences Technology and Research/I.M. Systems Group, Greenbelt, MD (United States)
  9. Univ. of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI (United States)
  10. National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO (United States)
  11. Hadley Center, Devon (United Kingdom). Met Office.
  12. Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Bologna (Italy); Centro Euro-Mediterraneosui Cambiamenti Climatici, Bologna (Italy)
  13. Univ. of Reading, Reading (United Kingdom)
  14. Lawrence Berkeley National Lab., Berkeley, CA (United States)
  15. NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Lab., Princeton, NJ (United States)
Publication Date:
Grant/Contract Number:
AC02-05CH11231; AGS-1143959; NASA NNX09AK34
Published Article
Journal Name:
Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 6; Journal Issue: 4; Journal ID: ISSN 1942-2466
American Geophysical Union (AGU)
Research Org:
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Biological and Environmental Research (BER) (SC-23)
Country of Publication:
United States
OSTI Identifier:
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1213530; OSTI ID: 1237127; OSTI ID: 1407223