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Climate Models: Horizontal Resolution, Simulation Quality

Sources: LBNL News Center, and Dan Hawkes

Wehner_collinsNot long ago, it would have taken several years to run a high-resolution simulation on a global climate model. But using some of the most powerful supercomputers now available, a team of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) climate scientists headed by Michael Wehner (and including ESD Climate Science Head Bill Collins) was able to complete a run in just three months.

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Citation: Wehner, M., K.A. Reed, F. Li, Prabhat, J. Bacmeister, C.-T. Chen, C. Paciorek, P.J. Gleckler, K.R. Sperber, W.D. Collins, A. Gettelman, and C. Jablonowski (2014), The effect of horizontal resolution on simulation quality in the Community Atmospheric Model, CAM5.1. Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, DOI: 10.1002/2013MS000276.

Funding Source: BER