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Global sea surface temperature and currents from high-resolution Community Earth System Model (CESM) simulation

International Laboratory for High-Resolution Earth System Prediction (iHESP)

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iHESP Data Release - Phase 2

iHESP is pleased to present the second increment of data from our high-resolution, fully-coupled climate simulations. Please use the links below to read the original announcement or to download the datasets. 

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This note is to inform you that an error has been discovered in some of the high-frequency pressure-level wind output from select iHESP simulations, including HighResMIP runs. An errata page documenting this issue can be found here. 

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This International Laboratory for High-Resolution Earth System Prediction (iHESP) seeks to develop a new advanced modeling framework for high-resolution multiscale Earth System predictions and provide reliable information at both global and regional scales, taking full advantage of the combined expertise of three world-class institutions, Qingdao Pilot National Laboratory for Marine Science and Technology (QNLM), Texas A&M University (TAMU), and National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).

iHESP’s goal is to advance challenging fundamental science and technology in Earth system modeling and prediction.

Cutting Edge Research

Model Simulation of West Pacific Typhoons

High-Resolution Global Coupled Climate Modelling

Current coarse resolution global coupled models have limited skill in simulating climate and weather extreme events like tropical cyclones, winter storms, drought and flooding. One area of research at iHESP is to study whether high atmospheric model resolution to permit tropical cyclones and high ocean model resolution to resolve mesoscale processes improve the model skill.

High-Resolution Ensemble Decadal Climate Prediction

Can a high-resolution coupled model which resolves frontal and meso-scale ocean-atmospheric interactions improve the realism of simulated climate variability and predictions at seasonal-to-decadal scales? This is another question we are interested in exploring. We use ensembles of high-resolution and low-resolution model simulations to answer this question.

Regional Downscaling

It is prohibitively expensive to run global models at convection resolving atmospheric and sub-mesoscale resolving ocean resolutions. We are developing tools and methods for online regional dynamic downscaling at iHESP.

Online Coupled Data-Assimilation

We are actively working on developing an online coupled data-assimilation system using an ensemble Kalman filter (EnKF). This new data assimilation capability will be implemented to both regional and global models.

Modelling Tools

At iHESP, we use the Community Earth System Model (CESM), Weather Research and Forecast (WRF) model, and Regional Ocean Modelling System (ROMS). We also develope methods to couple these three models together using CESM/CIME framework.


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New article by Yeager et al.

Oct 2021:  Recent measurements from the Overturning in the Subpolar North Atlantic Program (OSNAP) have challenged prevailing views about the high-latitude drivers of AMOC and the fidelity of climate model simulations of North Atlantic processes.

Read the article in Science Advances.
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New article on the impact of the Central American mountains on TCs

Aug 2021:  Dan Fu et al. show that the Central American mountains can readily fuel individual Tropical Cyclones (TC) through dynamical processes, hindering seasonal Eastern North Pacific ENP TC activity by up to 35%.

Read the article in Nature Comms.
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New iHESP Postdoctoral Associate

July 2021: Dr. Nick Szapiro has joined iHESP as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate. He was previously a research scientist in the ocean and ice division of MET Norway.

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New iHESP Postdoctoral Associate

June 2021: Dr. Amanda Black has joined iHESP as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate. She was previously a postdoctoral research fellow at CSIRO in Tasmania.

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New BAMS article on regional Earth system model

June 2021: Dan Fu, Justin Small, et al. have a new article in BAMS on our regional model, R-CESM, which enables high-resolution regional coupled simulations for bridging the gap between weather and climate. The code for R-CESM is publicly availble now.

Read the article in BAMS.
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New article on determination of reference velocities in observations

May 2021:  A new article revisits reference level assumptions used to calculate the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation transports at the RAPID and Meridional Overturning Variability Experiment (MOVE) observing arrays in an eddying ocean model.

Read the article in Geophysical Research Letters

Through our joint efforts to tackle the most fundamental problems in climate modeling and prediction research, iHESP will play a leading role in the advancement of climate science and prediction.

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