Articles | Volume 3, issue 1
Geosci. Model Dev., 3, 227–242, 2010

Special issue: PlioMIP: experimental design, mid-Pliocene boundary conditions...

Geosci. Model Dev., 3, 227–242, 2010

  26 Mar 2010

26 Mar 2010

Pliocene Model Intercomparison Project (PlioMIP): experimental design and boundary conditions (Experiment 1)

A. M. Haywood1, H. J. Dowsett2, B. Otto-Bliesner3, M. A. Chandler5,4, A. M. Dolan1, D. J. Hill6, D. J. Lunt7,8, M. M. Robinson2, N. Rosenbloom3, U. Salzmann9, and L. E. Sohl5,4 A. M. Haywood et al.
  • 1School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK
  • 2Eastern Geology and Paleoclimate Science Center, US Geological Survey, MS926A, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA 20192, USA
  • 3CCR, CGD/NCAR, P.O. Box 3000, Boulder, CO 80307-3000, USA
  • 4Center for Climate Systems Research, Columbia University, 2880 Broadway, New York, NY, 10025, USA
  • 5NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, New York, NY, USA
  • 6British Geological Survey, Keyworth, Nottingham, NG12 5GG, UK
  • 7School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol, University Road, Bristol, BS8 1SS, UK
  • 8British Antarctic Survey, High Cross, Madingley Road, Cambridge, Cambs, CB3 0ET, UK
  • 9School of Applied Sciences, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8ST, UK

Abstract. In 2008 the temporal focus of the Palaeoclimate Modelling Intercomparison Project was expanded to include a model intercomparison for the mid-Pliocene warm period (3.29–2.97 million years ago). This project is referred to as PlioMIP (Pliocene Model Intercomparison Project). Two experiments have been agreed upon and comprise phase 1 of PlioMIP. The first (Experiment 1) will be performed with atmosphere-only climate models. The second (Experiment 2) will utilise fully coupled ocean-atmosphere climate models. The aim of this paper is to provide a detailed model intercomparison project description which documents the experimental design in a more detailed way than has previously been done in the literature. Specifically, this paper describes the experimental design and boundary conditions that will be utilised for Experiment 1 of PlioMIP.