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  • Collier et al., 2008: IPCC Standard Output from the CSIRO Mk3.0 Climate System Model. CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research Paper, 8, 466.

This document details the monthly (1620 years) and daily (420 years) CSIRO Mk3.0 Climate System
Model output that has been recently submitted to the collecting body of the Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for Working Group 1. Twelve experiments (three control and
nine climate change) have been performed and satisfy the IPPC Standard Output data requirements
of the Program for Climate Model Diagnosis and Intercomparison (PCMDI) archive. This
report describes the raw CSIRO Mk3.0 output that have been used in forming the standard output
parameters, and for which of the standard IPCC parameters this were not possible. This new
set of data is expected to be conveniently available to research applications in the Australian and
international community for many years to come. A new standard of involvement by the CSIRO
climate modelling community has been realised.
Several key Climate Indices, namely the Nino3.4, Southern Oscillation and the North Atlantic
Oscillation, have been derived for all Mk3.0 model experiments using the IPCC standard output
parameters, and are described in this report. IPCC standard parameters for the fluxes of heat,
moisture and momentum for the 20th century ensemble average are presented and compared to
the equivalent ERA40 reanalysis parameters. Proper representation of these air-sea coupling parameters
are vital in getting the atmosphere and ocean climate accurate, particularly when there
is no flux adjustment as in the case of the Mk3.0.
A complete list of software written in Tcl-Nap is included in the appendix for researchers using
the Mk3.0 model framework who endeavour to make their output conform with this internationally
accepted standard. Examples of executing Tcl-Nap functions to produce desired results are
included. Locations of where the data is locally stored are provided for those with access to the
CSIRO mass data store system.

Full Article: http://www.cmar.csiro.au/e-print/open/2008/collierma_2008a.pdf

Last Updated: 2008-08-21

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