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A comparison of the CMIP6 midHolocene and lig127k simulations in CESM2

October 16, 2020

Results are presented and compared for the Community Earth System Model version 2 (CESM2) simulations of the middle Holocene (MH, 6 ka) and Last Interglacial (LIG, 127 ka). These simulations are designated as Tier 1 experiments (midHolocene and lig127k) for the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project phase 6 (CMIP6) and the Paleoclimate Modeling Intercomparison Project phase 4 (PMIP4). They use the low-top, standard 1° version of CESM2 contributing to CMIP6 DECK, historical, and future projection simulations, and to other modeling intercomparison projects. The midHolocene and lig127k provide the opportunity to examine the responses in CESM2 to the orbitally induced changes in the seasonal and latitudinal distribution of insolation. The insolation anomalies result in summer warming over the Northern Hemisphere continents, reduced Arctic summer minimum sea ice, and increased areal extent of the North African monsoon. The Arctic remains warm throughout the year. These changes are greater in the lig127k than midHolocene simulation. Other notable changes are reduction of the Niño3.4 variability and Drake Passage transport and a small increase in the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation from the piControl to midHolocene to lig127k simulation. Comparisons to paleo-data and to simulations from previous model versions are discussed. Possible reasons for mismatches with the paleo-observations are proposed, including missing processes in CESM2, simplifications in the CMIP6 protocols for these experiments, and dating and calibration uncertainties in the data reconstructions.

Publication Year 2020
Title A comparison of the CMIP6 midHolocene and lig127k simulations in CESM2
DOI 10.1029/2020PA003957
Authors Bette L. Otto-Bliesner, Esther C. Brady, Robert A Tomas, Samuel Albani, Patrick J. Bartlein, Natalie M Mahowald, Sarah Shafer, Erik Kluzek, Peter J Lawrence, Gunter Leguy, Matthew Rothstein, Aleah Sommers
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology
Index ID 70230033
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center