Articles | Volume 13, issue 5
Geosci. Model Dev., 13, 2149–2167, 2020

Special issue: Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 6 (CMIP6) Experimental...

Geosci. Model Dev., 13, 2149–2167, 2020
Model experiment description paper
06 May 2020
Model experiment description paper | 06 May 2020

Documenting numerical experiments in support of the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 6 (CMIP6)

Charlotte Pascoe et al.

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Short summary
We present a methodology for documenting numerical experiments in the context of an information sharing ecosystem which allows the weather, climate, and earth system modelling community to accurately document and share information about their modelling workflow. We describe how through iteration with a range of stakeholders, we rationalized multiple sources of information and improved the clarity of experimental definitions for the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 6 (CMIP6).