GFDL - Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory

Research Highlights November 2010 : Donner et al.

Study by Donner and co-authors on The Dynamical Core, Physical Parameterizations, and Basic Simulation Characteristics of the Atmospheric Component of the GFDL Global Coupled Model CM3

The Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) has developed a coupled general circulation model (CM3) for atmosphere, oceans, land, and sea ice. The goal of CM3 is to address emerging issues in climate change, including aerosol-cloud interactions, chemistry-climate interactions, and coupling between the troposphere and stratosphere. The model is also designed to serve as the physical-system component of earth-system models and models for decadal prediction in the near-term future, for example, through improved simulations in tropical land precipitation relative to earlier-generation GFDL models. This paper describes the dynamical core, physical parameterizations, and basic simulation characteristics of the atmospheric component (AM3) of this model.

AM3 simulates Antarctic ozone hole:  GFDL’s next-generation atmospheric
general circulation model, AM3, simulates the ozone hole in generally
good agreement with observations from the TOMS satellite. Note the
reduction in total column ozone at the end of winter in the Antarctic in
both AM3 and the TOMS observations. AM3 also simulates the observed
reduction in ozone at the end of winter in the Northern Hemisphere in
the Arctic. Full details in Donner et al. (2010, J. Climate, in revision)

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Leo J. Donner, Bruce L. Wyman, Richard S. Hemler, Larry W. Horowitz, Yi Ming, Ming Zhao, Jean-Christophe Golaz, Paul Ginoux, S.-J. Lin, M. Daniel Schwarzkopf, John Austin, Ghassan Alaka, William F. Cooke, Thomas L. Delworth, Stuart M. Freidenreich, C.T. Gordon, Stephen M. Griffies, Isaac M. Held, William J. Hurlin, NOAA/GFDL, Stephen A. Klein, Thomas R. Knutson, Amy R. Langenhorst, Hyun-Chul Lee, Yanluan Lin, Brian I. Magi,Sergey L. Malyshev, Vaishali Naik, Mary J. Nath, Robert Pincus, Jeffrey J. Ploshay, V. Ramaswamy, Charles J. Seman, Elena Shevliakova, Joseph J. Sirutis, William F. Stern, Ronald J. Stouffer, R. John Wilson, Michael Winton, Andrew T. Wittenberg, and Fanrong Zeng, The Dynamical Core, Physical Parameterizations, and

Basic Simulation Characteristics of the Atmospheric Component of the GFDL Global Coupled Model CM3, submitted for publication in J. Climate, 2010.