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