GFDL Informal Seminar

Fri, Dec 7, 2018, 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

General circulation and earth system models (ESMs) that are used to make global climate projections are computationally expensive to run. Furthermore, as full-complexity models take time to develop and test, and intercomparisons take several years to coordinate, simpler models have become an important tool in assessing climate responses to a broad pathway of emissions. A recent example is the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, where results needed to be produced quickly and timely engagement with stakeholders is critical.

We have developed a simple open-source earth system model emulator, FaIR, which projects global mean temperature responses as a function of input emissions and radiative forcing. FaIR contains an interactive carbon cycle which replicates the behaviour of complex ESMs, and can be tuned to simulate a particular model, whereas emissions and forcing relationships are based on the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report and more recent peer-reviewed literature. The advantage of being a simple model is that large probabilistic ensembles can be run, where input parameters such as aerosol radiative forcing are varied within the assessed ranges of uncertainty, to produce a range of plausible temperature projections for a given emissions pathway.

Smagorinsky Seminar Room 209

GFDL Lunchtime Seminar

Wed, Dec 19, 2018, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Location: Smagorinsky Seminar Room 209

GFDL Winter 2019 Poster Expo

Wed, Jan 30, 2019, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Location: Smagorinsky Seminar Room 209

GFDL Lunchtime Seminar

Wed, Feb 13, 2019, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Location: Smagorinsky Seminar Room 209

ACEE Highlight Seminar Series

Thu, Feb 28, 2019, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Location: Maeder Hall