Articles | Volume 8, issue 4
Geosci. Model Dev., 8, 1221–1232, 2015
Geosci. Model Dev., 8, 1221–1232, 2015

Development and technical paper 29 Apr 2015

Development and technical paper | 29 Apr 2015

The software architecture of climate models: a graphical comparison of CMIP5 and EMICAR5 configurations

K. Alexander and S. M. Easterbrook

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This paper describes an analysis of the software architecture of global climate models. The analysis provides a visualization of the structure of these models, and reveals interesting differences between the models developed at different research labs.