Benchmarking simulated precipitation in earth system models

Angeline G. Pendergrass, Peter J. Gleckler, L. Ruby Leung, Christian Jakob

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Earth system models (ESMs) bridge observationally based and theoretical understanding of the Earth system. They are among the most frequently used tools to study a variety of questions related to variability and changes in Earth’s climate. For many applications, ESMs must realistically simulate observed large-scale precipitation patterns and seasonal cycles that have a multitude of societal and national security implications. Despite steady improvement in the simulation of precipitation, model errors in many aspects of precipitation characteristics limit the use of ESMs both in understanding Earth system variability and change and for decision-making.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E814-E816
Number of pages2
JournalBulletin of the American Meteorological Society
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020

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