Benchmarking and evaluation of ESMs

Benchmarking and evaluation of ESMs

Benchmarking and evaluation of ESMs

This WP will develop an ESM evaluation and benchmarking tool that produces well-established analyses as soon as model results become available. In addition, it will provide support for the integration of diagnostics and emergent constraints developed in RT2 and RT3. The tool will be used to evaluate CMIP DECK simulations made by the project ESMs and for operational analysis of future projections. The resulting tool will be made openly available to the international research community.

The individual objectives of the WP are to:

  • Further develop an ESM benchmarking and evaluation tool (ESMValTool), making use of observations from projects such as ESA CCI and Obs4MIPs, extending the physical climate to include key biogeochemical diagnostics;
  • Extend ESMValTool with new diagnostics for operational analysis of multi-model ESM projections;
  • Provide user guidelines for other partners to include new diagnostics and performance metrics for process-based model evaluation (RT2) and emergent constraints (WP8) into ESMValTool;
  • Provide documentation on how to use ESMValTool and release the tool into the public domain.