Submitted as: model evaluation paper 23 Mar 2021

Submitted as: model evaluation paper | 23 Mar 2021

Review status: this preprint is currently under review for the journal GMD.

Performance of the Adriatic Sea and Coast (AdriSC) climate component – a COAWST V3.3-based coupled atmosphere-ocean modelling suite: atmospheric part 

Cléa Denamiel1,2, Petra Pranić1, Damir Ivanković1, Iva Tojčić1, and Ivica Vilibić1 Cléa Denamiel et al.
  • 1Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries, Šetalište I. Meštrovića 63, 21000 Split, Croatia
  • 2Ruđer Bošković Institute, Division for Marine and Environmental Research, Bijenička cesta 54, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia

Abstract. In this evaluation study, the coupled atmosphere-ocean Adriatic Sea and Coast (AdriSC) climate model, which was implemented to carry out 31-year long evaluation and climate projection simulations in the Adriatic and northern Ionian seas, is briefly presented. The kilometre-scale AdriSC atmospheric results, derived with the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) 3-km model for the 1987–2017 period, are then thoroughly compared to a comprehensive publicly and freely available observational dataset. The evaluation shows that overall, except for the summer surface temperatures which are systematically underestimated, the AdriSC WRF 3-km model has a far better capacity to reproduce the surface climate variables (and particularly the rain) than the WRF regional climate models at 0.11° of resolution. In addition, several spurious data have been found in both gridded products and in situ measurements which thus should be used with care in the Adriatic region for climate studies at local and regional scales. Long-term simulations with the AdriSC climate model, which couples the WRF 3-km model with a 1-km ocean model, might thus be a new avenue to substantially improve the reproduction, at the climate scale, of the Adriatic Sea dynamics driving the Eastern Mediterranean thermohaline circulation. As such it may also provide new standards for climate studies of orographically-developed coastal regions in general.

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Short summary
The atmospheric results of the Adriatic Sea and Coast (AdriSC) climate simulation (1987–2017) are evaluated against available observational datasets in the Adriatic region. Generally, the AdriSC model performs better than the regional climate models with 4 time coarser resolutions, except for the summer temperatures which are systematically underestimated. High-resolution climate models may thus provide new insights about the local impacts of global warming in the Adriatic Sea.