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The Radiative Forcing Model Intercomparison Projects

The phrasing of the first of three questions motivating CMIP6 – “How does the Earth system respond to forcing?” – suggests that forcing is always well-known, yet the radiative forcing to which this question refers has historically been uncertain in coordinated experiments even as understanding of how best to infer radiative forcing has evolved. The Radiative Forcing Model Intercomparison Project (RFMIP) endorsed by CMIP6 seeks to provide a foundation for answering the question through three related activities: (i) accurate characterization of the effective radiative forcing relative to a near-preindustrial baseline and careful diagnosis of the components of this forcing; (ii) assessment of the absolute accuracy of clear-sky radiative transfer parameterizations against reference models on the global scales relevant for climate modeling; and (iii) identification of robust model responses to tightly specified aerosol radiative forcing from 1850 to present.
Last Update: Oct. 17, 2016, 11:44 a.m. by Robert Pincus
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Revision to RFMIP-ERF-AerO3 and RFMIP-ERF-HistAerO3 protocols
The manuscript describing the RFMIP protocol (http://www.geosci...) includes two experiments designed to infer ...
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