Articles | Volume 15, issue 4
Model evaluation paper
03 Mar 2022
Model evaluation paper |  | 03 Mar 2022

Variability and extremes: statistical validation of the Alfred Wegener Institute Earth System Model (AWI-ESM)

Justus Contzen, Thorsten Dickhaus, and Gerrit Lohmann

Data sets

CRU TS4.04: Climatic Research Unit (CRU) Time-Series (TS) version 4.04 of high-resolution gridded data of month-by-month variation in climate (Jan. 1901-Dec. 2019) I. C. Harris, P. D. Jones, and T. Osborn

AWI AWI-ESM1.1LR model output prepared for CMIP6 CMIP historical Christopher Danek, Xiaoxu Shi, Christian Stepanek, Hu Yang, Dirk Barbi, Jan Hegewald, and Gerrit Lohmann

EC-Earth-Consortium EC-Earth-3-CC model output prepared for CMIP6 CMIP historical EC-Earth Consortium

Short summary
Climate models are of paramount importance to predict future climate changes. Since many severe consequences of climate change are due to extreme events, the accurate behaviour of models in terms of extremes needs to be validated thoroughly. We present a method for model validation in terms of climate extremes and an algorithm to detect regions in which extremes tend to occur at the same time. These methods are applied to data from different climate models and to observational data.