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Benchmarking Simulated Precipitation
Welcome to the results site for benchmarking simulated precipitation in Earth System Models (ESMs)! This effort has been inspired by the outcomes of a July 2019 DOE workshop (Pendergrass, et al., 2019). That workshop was motivated by discussions that have taken place in recent years in various working groups of the WCRP including the Working Group on Numerical Experimentation (WGNE) and Working Group on Coupled Models (WGCM). This site was initially made public 2020/10/10 and will be regularly updated as our efforts advance, so check back here soon to see progress.
Spatial Distribution of Mean State
- Line graph of domain averaged seasonal cycle with monthly mean (CMIP6-histotical)
- Bar chart of RMS and RMSC for the seasonal cycle (CMIP6-histotical)
Variability Across Timescales
(Sub-daily, Daily, Monthly, 3-Monthly, Yearly, and 3-Yearly)
- Standard deviation at differnt timescales
- Bar chart of domain averaged STD across timescales (CMIP5-histotical)
- Bar chart of domain averaged STD across timescales (CMIP6-histotical)
- Portrait chart of domain averaged STD across timescales (CMIP5-histotical)
- Portrait chart of domain averaged STD across timescales (CMIP6-histotical)
- Diurnal cycle - phase and amplitude
- Line graph of domain averaged diurnal cycle (CMIP6-amip)
- Bar chart of RMS and RMSC for the diurnal cycle (CMIP6-amip)
- Bar chart of RMS and RMSC for the diurnal cycle (CMIP6-amip) (Specific ARM sites used in Fig. 13 of Tang et al. 2020)
- Sub-daily intermittency
Comming soon: Frequency of SPI spells and consecutive dry days.
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