Articles | Volume 13, issue 11
Geosci. Model Dev., 13, 5175–5190, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-13-5175-2020
Geosci. Model Dev., 13, 5175–5190, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-13-5175-2020

Model experiment description paper 31 Oct 2020

Model experiment description paper | 31 Oct 2020

Reduced Complexity Model Intercomparison Project Phase 1: introduction and evaluation of global-mean temperature response

Zebedee R. J. Nicholls et al.

Data sets

RCMIP Phase 1 Data Version v1.0.0 Zebedee R. J. Nicholls, Malte Meinshausen, Jared Lewis, Robert Gieseke, Dietmar Dommenget, Kalyn Dorheim, Chen-Shuo Fan, Jan S. Fuglestvedt, Thomas Gasser, Ulrich Golüke, Philip Goodwin, Corinne Hartin, Austin P. Hope, Elmar Kriegler, Nicholas J. Leach, Davide Marchegiani, Laura A. McBride, Yann Quilcaille, Joeri Rogelj, Ross J. Salawitch, Bjørn H. Samset, Marit Sandstad, Alexey N. Shiklomanov, Ragnhild B. Skeie, Christopher J. Smith, Steve Smith, Katsumasa Tanaka, Junichi Tsutsui, and Zhiang Xie https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3593570

RCMIP Phase 1 Data Version v2.0.0 Zebedee R. J. Nicholls, Malte Meinshausen, Jared Lewis, Robert Gieseke, Dietmar Dommenget, Kalyn Dorheim, Chen-Shuo Fan, Jan S. Fuglestvedt, Thomas Gasser, Ulrich Golüke, Philip Goodwin, Corinne Hartin, Austin P. Hope, Elmar Kriegler, Nicholas J. Leach, Davide Marchegiani, Laura A. McBride, Yann Quilcaille, Joeri Rogelj, Ross J. Salawitch, Bjørn H. Samset, Marit Sandstad, Alexey N. Shiklomanov, Ragnhild B. Skeie, Christopher J. Smith, Steve Smith, Katsumasa Tanaka, Junichi Tsutsui, and Zhiang Xie https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4016613

Model code and software

AR5IR RCMIP Zebedee R. J. Nicholls https://github.com/openscm/openscm/blob/ar5ir-notebooks/notebooks/ar5ir_rcmip.ipynb

ESCIMO (Earth System Climate Interpretable Model) J. Randers, U. Golüke, F. Wenstøp, and S. Wenstøp http://2052.info/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/mo191107%202%20ESCIMO-rcimp%20from%20mo160911%202100%20ESCIMO.vpm

OMS-NetZero/FAIR: RCMIP phase 1 Christopher J. Smith, Robert Gieseke, and Zebedee R. J. Nicholls https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1340643

A hydrological cycle model for the Globally Resolved Energy Balance (GREB) model C. Stassen, D. Dommenget, and N. Loveday https://github.com/christianstassen/greb-official/releases

Held et al. two-layer RCMIP Zebedee R. J. Nicholls https://github.com/openscm/openscm/blob/ar5ir-notebooks/notebooks/held_two_layer_rcmip.ipynb

Hektor used in RCMIP Phase 1 Alexey N. Shiklomanov https://github.com/ashiklom/hector/releases/tag/rcmip-phase-1

MAGICC's Python wrapper Zebedee R. J. Nicholls, Robert Gieseke, Jared Lewis, Sven Willner, and Matthias Mengel https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1111815

OSCAR v3 T. Gasser https://github.com/tgasser/OSCAR

WASP climate model (10.1029/2018EF000889) P. Goodwin https://waspclimatemodel.info/downloads/

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Short summary
Computational limits mean that we cannot run our most comprehensive climate models for all applications of interest. In such cases, reduced complexity models (RCMs) are used. Here, researchers working on 15 different models present the first systematic community effort to evaluate and compare RCMs: the Reduced Complexity Model Intercomparison Project (RCMIP). Our research ensures that users of RCMs can more easily evaluate the strengths, weaknesses and limitations of their tools.