Articles | Volume 5, issue 1
Geosci. Model Dev., 5, 269–276, 2012

Special issue: The FAMOUS climate model

Geosci. Model Dev., 5, 269–276, 2012

Model description paper 24 Feb 2012

Model description paper | 24 Feb 2012

The FAMOUS climate model (versions XFXWB and XFHCC): description update to version XDBUA

R. S. Smith R. S. Smith
  • NCAS-Climate, Dept. of Meteorology, University of Reading, UK

Abstract. FAMOUS is an ocean-atmosphere general circulation model of low resolution, based on version 4.5 of the UK MetOffice Unified Model. Here we update the model description to account for changes in the model as it is used in the CMIP5 EMIC model intercomparison project (EMICmip) and a number of other studies. Most of these changes correct errors found in the code. The EMICmip version of the model (XFXWB) has a better-conserved water budget and additional cooling in some high latitude areas, but otherwise has a similar climatology to previous versions of FAMOUS. A variant of XFXWB is also described, with changes to the dynamics at the top of the model which improve the model climatology (XFHCC).

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