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Evaluation of ocean carbon cycle models with data-based metrics

Matsumoto, K., Sarmiento, J.L., Key, R.M., Aumont, O., Bullister, J.L., Caldeira, K., Campin, J-M., Donay, S.C., Drange, H., Dutay, J-C., Follows, M., Gao, Y., Gnanadesikan, A., Gruber, N., Ishida, A., Joos, F., Lindsay, K., Maier-Reimer, E., Marshall, J.C., Matear, R.J., Monfray, P., Mouchet, A., Najjar, R., Plattner, G-K., Schlitzer, R., Slater, R., Swathi, P.S., Totterdell, I.J., Weirig, M-F., Yamanaka, Y., Yool, A. and Orr, J.C. (2004) Evaluation of ocean carbon cycle models with data-based metrics Geophysical Research Letters, 31, (7), L07303. (doi:10.1029/2003GL018970).

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New radiocarbon and chlorofluorocarbon-11 data from the World Ocean Circulation Experiment are used to assess a suite of 19 ocean carbon cycle models. We use the distributions and inventories of these tracers as quantitative metrics of model skill and find that only about a quarter of the suite is consistent with the new data-based metrics. This should serve as a warning bell to the larger community that not all is well with current generation of ocean carbon cycle models. At the same time, this highlights the danger in simply using the available models to represent the state-of-the-art modeling without considering the credibility of each model.

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Published date: 2004
Organisations: Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre,Southampton


Local EPrints ID: 15808
ISSN: 0094-8276
PURE UUID: e4e2e054-5234-428c-b8b4-b53f70d2f46f

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Date deposited: 01 Jun 2005
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 16:46

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Author: K. Matsumoto
Author: J.L. Sarmiento
Author: R.M. Key
Author: O. Aumont
Author: J.L. Bullister
Author: K. Caldeira
Author: J-M. Campin
Author: S.C. Donay
Author: H. Drange
Author: J-C. Dutay
Author: M. Follows
Author: Y. Gao
Author: A. Gnanadesikan
Author: N. Gruber
Author: A. Ishida
Author: F. Joos
Author: K. Lindsay
Author: E. Maier-Reimer
Author: J.C. Marshall
Author: R.J. Matear
Author: P. Monfray
Author: A. Mouchet
Author: R. Najjar
Author: G-K. Plattner
Author: R. Schlitzer
Author: R. Slater
Author: P.S. Swathi
Author: I.J. Totterdell
Author: M-F. Weirig
Author: Y. Yamanaka
Author: A. Yool
Author: J.C. Orr

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