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Zanchettin et al. 2022

Zanchettin, D., C. Timmreck, M. Khodri, A. Schmidt, M. Toohey, M. Abe, S. Bekki, J. Cole, S.-W. Fang, W. Feng, G. Hegerl, B. Johnson, N. Lebas, A.N. LeGrande, G.W. Mann, L. Marshall, L. Rieger, A. Robock, S. Rubinetti, K. Tsigaridis, and H. Weierbach, 2022: Effects of forcing differences and initial conditions on inter-model agreement in the VolMIP volc-pinatubo-full experiment. Geosci. Model Dev., 15, no. 5, 2265-2292, doi:10.5194/gmd-15-2265-2022.

This paper provides initial results from a multi-model ensemble analysis based on the volc-pinatubo-full experiment performed within the Model Intercomparison Project on the climatic response to Volcanic forcing (VolMIP) as part of the sixth phase of the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP6). The volc-pinatubo-full experiment is based on an ensemble of volcanic forcing-only climate simulations with the same volcanic aerosol dataset across the participating models (the 1991-1993 Pinatubo period from the CMIP6-GloSSAC dataset). The simulations are conducted within an idealized experimental design where initial states are sampled consistently across models from the CMIP6-piControl simulation providing unperturbed preindustrial background conditions. The multi-model ensemble includes output from an initial set of six participating Earth system models (CanESM5, GISS-E2.1-G, IPSL-CM6A-LR, MIROC-E2SL, MPI-ESM1.2-LR and UKESM1).

The results show overall good agreement between the different models on the global and hemispheric scales concerning the surface climate responses, thus demonstrating the overall effectiveness of VolMIP's experimental design. However, small yet significant inter-model discrepancies are found in radiative fluxes, especially in the tropics, that preliminary analyses link with minor differences in forcing implementation; model physics, notably aerosol-radiation interactions; the simulation and sampling of El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO); and, possibly, the simulation of climate feedbacks operating in the tropics. We discuss the volc-pinatubo-full protocol and highlight the advantages of volcanic forcing experiments defined within a carefully designed protocol with respect to emerging modelling approaches based on large ensemble transient simulations. We identify how the VolMIP strategy could be improved in future phases of the initiative to ensure a cleaner sampling protocol with greater focus on the evolving state of ENSO in the pre-eruption period.

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  author={Zanchettin, D. and Timmreck, C. and Khodri, M. and Schmidt, A. and Toohey, M. and Abe, M. and Bekki, S. and Cole, J. and Fang, S.-W. and Feng, W. and Hegerl, G. and Johnson, B. and Lebas, N. and LeGrande, A. N. and Mann, G. W. and Marshall, L. and Rieger, L. and Robock, A. and Rubinetti, S. and Tsigaridis, K. and Weierbach, H.},
  title={Effects of forcing differences and initial conditions on inter-model agreement in the VolMIP volc-pinatubo-full experiment},
  journal={Geosci. Model Dev.},

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ID  - za02100m
AU  - Zanchettin, D.
AU  - Timmreck, C.
AU  - Khodri, M.
AU  - Schmidt, A.
AU  - Toohey, M.
AU  - Abe, M.
AU  - Bekki, S.
AU  - Cole, J.
AU  - Fang, S.-W.
AU  - Feng, W.
AU  - Hegerl, G.
AU  - Johnson, B.
AU  - Lebas, N.
AU  - LeGrande, A. N.
AU  - Mann, G. W.
AU  - Marshall, L.
AU  - Rieger, L.
AU  - Robock, A.
AU  - Rubinetti, S.
AU  - Tsigaridis, K.
AU  - Weierbach, H.
PY  - 2022
TI  - Effects of forcing differences and initial conditions on inter-model agreement in the VolMIP volc-pinatubo-full experiment
JA  - Geosci. Model Dev.
VL  - 15
IS  - 5
SP  - 2265
EP  - 2292
DO  - 10.5194/gmd-15-2265-2022
ER  -

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