Articles | Volume 9, issue 6
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-9-2077-2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-9-2077-2016
Model description paper
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07 Jun 2016
Model description paper |  | 07 Jun 2016

Atmosphere-only GCM (ACCESS1.0) simulations with prescribed land surface temperatures

Duncan Ackerley and Dietmar Dommenget

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In order to evaluate climate models, scientists have historically run them using prescribed (for example observed) sea surface temperatures; however, no such restriction is typically applied to the land. This study presents a method of prescribing the land temperatures in a climate model and shows that the resultant climate simulation is consistent with the free running simulation. Such a model will be useful for perturbing and fixing surface temperatures globally, as demonstrated in this paper.