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Hausfather et al. 2020

Hausfather, Z., H.F. Drake, T. Abbott, and G.A. Schmidt, 2020: Evaluating the performance of past climate model projections. Geophys. Res. Lett., early on-line, doi:10.1029/2019GL085378.

Retrospectively comparing future model projections to observations provides a robust and independent test of model skill. Here we analyse the performance of climate models published between 1970 and 2007 in projecting future global mean surface temperature (GMST) changes. Models are compared to observations based on both the change in GMST over time and the change in GMST over the change in external forcing. The latter approach accounts for mismatches in model forcings, a potential source of error in model projections independent of the accuracy of model physics. We find that climate models published over the past five decades were skillful in predicting subsequent GMST changes, with most models examined showing warming consistent with observations, particularly when mismatches between model36 projected and observationally-estimated forcings were taken into account.

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@article{ha08910q,
  author={Hausfather, Z. and Drake, H. F. and Abbott, T. and Schmidt, G. A.},
  title={Evaluating the performance of past climate model projections},
  year={2020},
  journal={Geophys. Res. Lett.},
  doi={10.1029/2019GL085378},
}

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TY  - JOUR
ID  - ha08910q
AU  - Hausfather, Z.
AU  - Drake, H. F.
AU  - Abbott, T.
AU  - Schmidt, G. A.
PY  - 2020
TI  - Evaluating the performance of past climate model projections
JA  - Geophys. Res. Lett.
DO  - 10.1029/2019GL085378
ER  -

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