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Roach et al. 2018

Roach, L.A., S.F.B. Tett, M.J. Mineter, K. Yamazaki, and C.D. Rae, 2018: Automated parameter tuning applied to sea ice in a global climate model. Clim. Dyn., 50, no. 1, 51-65, doi:10.1007/s00382-017-3581-5.

This study investigates the hypothesis that a significant portion of spread in climate model projections of sea ice is due to poorly-constrained model parameters. New automated methods for optimization are applied to historical sea ice in a global coupled climate model (HadCM3) in order to calculate the combination of parameters required to reduce the difference between simulation and observations to within the range of model noise. The optimized parameters result in a simulated sea-ice time series which is more consistent with Arctic observations throughout the satellite record (1980-present), particularly in the September minimum, than the standard configuration of HadCM3. Divergence from observed Antarctic trends and mean regional sea ice distribution reflects broader structural uncertainty in the climate model. We also find that the optimized parameters do not cause adverse effects on the model climatology. This simple approach provides evidence for the contribution of parameter uncertainty to spread in sea ice extent trends and could be customized to investigate uncertainties in other climate variables.

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BibTeX Citation

  author={Roach, L. A. and Tett, S. F. B. and Mineter, M. J. and Yamazaki, K. and Rae, C. D.},
  title={Automated parameter tuning applied to sea ice in a global climate model},
  journal={Climate Dynamics},

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RIS Citation

ID  - ro03810b
AU  - Roach, L. A.
AU  - Tett, S. F. B.
AU  - Mineter, M. J.
AU  - Yamazaki, K.
AU  - Rae, C. D.
PY  - 2018
TI  - Automated parameter tuning applied to sea ice in a global climate model
JA  - Clim. Dyn.
JO  - Climate Dynamics
VL  - 50
IS  - 1
SP  - 51
EP  - 65
DO  - 10.1007/s00382-017-3581-5
ER  -

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