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The Tropical Rain belts with an Annual cycle and a Continent Model Intercomparison Project: TRACMIP

Editors’ Highlight

This paper introduces an interesting new model intercomparison project that can be extended further using publicly available data. The protocol includes an interesting intermediate step in idealization between fully-realistic topography and distributions of oceans and, say, an entirely flat and water-covered aqua-planet. On an aqua-planet about the only thing that can vary between models is the clouds. This setup includes a hemispheric asymmetry and a flat "jello" continent that is ocean-like except for the ease with which water evaporates. These relatively simple differences constrain the response to a forcing (aerosols, in this case) much more tightly than happens in a aqua-planet, implying that the real-world response may also be relatively tightly constrained. 

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The tropical rain belts with an annual cycle and a continent model intercomparison project: TRACMIP

Aiko Voigt, Michela Biasutti, Jacob Scheff, Jürgen Bader, Simona Bordoni, Francis Codron, Ross D. Dixon, Jeffrey Jonas, Sarah M. Kang, Nicholas P. Klingaman, Ruby Leung, Jian Lu, Brian Mapes, Elizabeth A. Maroon, Sonali McDermid, Jong‐yeon Park, Romain Roehrig, Brian E. J. Rose, Gary L. Russell, Jeongbin Seo, Thomas Toniazzo, Ho‐Hsuan Wei, Masakazu Yoshimori, Lucas R. Vargas Zeppetello
First Published:
| Vol:
9,
Pages
1868–1891
| DOI:
10.1002/2016MS000748
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