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Title: Documenting Climate Models and Their Simulations

Abstract

The results of climate models are of increasing and widespread importance. No longer is climate model output of sole interest to climate scientists and researchers in the climate change impacts and adaptation fields. Now nonspecialists such as government officials, policy makers, and the general public all have an increasing need to access climate model output and understand its implications. For this host of users, accurate and complete metadata (i.e., information about how and why the data were produced) is required to document the climate modeling results. We describe a pilot community initiative to collect and make available documentation of climate models and their simulations. In an initial application, a metadata repository is being established to provide information of this kind for a major internationally coordinated modeling activity known as CMIP5 (Coupled Model Intercomparison Project, Phase 5). We expected that for a wide range of stakeholders, this and similar community-managed metadata repositories will spur development of analysis tools that facilitate discovery and exploitation of Earth system simulations.

Authors:
 [1];  [2];  [3];  [4];  [5];  [6];  [7];  [6];  [5];  [8]
  1. Univ. of Reading (United Kingdom); UMR Laboratory of Oceanography and Climate Experiments and Digital Approaches (LOCEAN), Paris (France)
  2. Princeton Univ., NJ (United States)
  3. Univ. of Reading (United Kingdom); Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), Didcot (United Kingdom)
  4. Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), Didcot (United Kingdom)
  5. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Boulder, CO (United States)
  6. International Partnership for Service (IPSL), Paris (France)
  7. German Climate Computing Centre (DKRZ), Hamburg (Germany)
  8. Program for Climate Model Diagnosis and Intercomparison (PCMDI), Livermore, CA (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1376038
Report Number(s):
LLNL-JRNL-582994
Journal ID: ISSN 0003-0007
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC52-07NA27344
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 94; Journal Issue: 5; Journal ID: ISSN 0003-0007
Publisher:
American Meteorological Society
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
99 GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS; 54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; 58 GEOSCIENCES

Citation Formats

Guilyardi, Eric, Balaji, V., Lawrence, Bryan, Callaghan, Sarah, Deluca, Cecelia, Denvil, Sébastien, Lautenschlager, Michael, Morgan, Mark, Murphy, Sylvia, and Taylor, Karl E. Documenting Climate Models and Their Simulations. United States: N. p., 2013. Web. doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-11-00035.1.
Guilyardi, Eric, Balaji, V., Lawrence, Bryan, Callaghan, Sarah, Deluca, Cecelia, Denvil, Sébastien, Lautenschlager, Michael, Morgan, Mark, Murphy, Sylvia, & Taylor, Karl E. Documenting Climate Models and Their Simulations. United States. doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-11-00035.1.
Guilyardi, Eric, Balaji, V., Lawrence, Bryan, Callaghan, Sarah, Deluca, Cecelia, Denvil, Sébastien, Lautenschlager, Michael, Morgan, Mark, Murphy, Sylvia, and Taylor, Karl E. Wed . "Documenting Climate Models and Their Simulations". United States. doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-11-00035.1. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1376038.
@article{osti_1376038,
title = {Documenting Climate Models and Their Simulations},
author = {Guilyardi, Eric and Balaji, V. and Lawrence, Bryan and Callaghan, Sarah and Deluca, Cecelia and Denvil, Sébastien and Lautenschlager, Michael and Morgan, Mark and Murphy, Sylvia and Taylor, Karl E.},
abstractNote = {The results of climate models are of increasing and widespread importance. No longer is climate model output of sole interest to climate scientists and researchers in the climate change impacts and adaptation fields. Now nonspecialists such as government officials, policy makers, and the general public all have an increasing need to access climate model output and understand its implications. For this host of users, accurate and complete metadata (i.e., information about how and why the data were produced) is required to document the climate modeling results. We describe a pilot community initiative to collect and make available documentation of climate models and their simulations. In an initial application, a metadata repository is being established to provide information of this kind for a major internationally coordinated modeling activity known as CMIP5 (Coupled Model Intercomparison Project, Phase 5). We expected that for a wide range of stakeholders, this and similar community-managed metadata repositories will spur development of analysis tools that facilitate discovery and exploitation of Earth system simulations.},
doi = {10.1175/BAMS-D-11-00035.1},
journal = {Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society},
number = 5,
volume = 94,
place = {United States},
year = {2013},
month = {5}
}

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