Articles | Volume 9, issue 9
Model experiment description paper
27 Sep 2016
Model experiment description paper |  | 27 Sep 2016

The Radiative Forcing Model Intercomparison Project (RFMIP): experimental protocol for CMIP6

Robert Pincus, Piers M. Forster, and Bjorn Stevens


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Short summary
This paper describes an experimental protocol to understand the changes in energy balance (the "radiative forcing") that arise due to changes in atmospheric composition and why this value is not the same across climate models. The protocol includes a way to determine the total forcing to which each model is subjected, experiments designed at teasing out why certain errors occur, and experiments to identify any robust signals caused by atmospheric particles from human activities.