An evaluation of 20th century climate for the Southeastern United States as simulated by Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 5 (CMIP5) global climate models

Open-File Report 2016-1047
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Abstract

The 20th century climate for the Southeastern United States and surrounding areas as simulated by global climate models used in the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 5 (CMIP5) was evaluated. A suite of statistics that characterize various aspects of the regional climate was calculated from both model simulations and observation-based datasets. CMIP5 global climate models were ranked by their ability to reproduce the observed climate. Differences in the performance of the models between regions of the United States (the Southeastern and Northwestern United States) warrant a regional-scale assessment of CMIP5 models.

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Rupp, D.E., 2016, An evaluation of 20th century climate for the Southeastern United States as simulated by Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 5 (CMIP5) global climate models: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2016–1047, 32 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20161047.

ISSN: 2331-1258 (online)

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Table of Contents

  • Abstract
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Data and Methods
  • 3. Results and Discussion of Model Ranking
  • 4. Model Performance by Metric
  • References Cited

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title An evaluation of 20th century climate for the Southeastern United States as simulated by Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 5 (CMIP5) global climate models
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 2016-1047
DOI 10.3133/ofr20161047
Year Published 2016
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Southeast Climate Science Center
Description iv, 32 p.
Country United States
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N