US Climate Change Science Program Updated 31 July 2008

Climate Models: An Assessment of Strengths and Limitations

Final Report, Synthesis and Assessment Product 3.1

See also press release (dtd 31 July 2008) and brochure from the Department of Energy.

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SAP 3-1 Final Report Cover Climate Models: An Assessment of Strengths and Limitations. A Report by the U.S. Climate Change Science Program. [Bader, D.C., Covey, C., Gutowski, W.J., Held, I.M., Kunkel, K.E., Miller, R.L, Tokmakian, R.T., Zhang, M.H., (Authors)]. U.S. Department of Energy, Washington, DC, USA.

Final Report

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Entire Report [5.4 Mb]

Individual Sections

Front Matter [604 Kb]

Table of Contents [64 Kb]

Executive Summary [96 Kb]

Chapter 1: Introduction [240 Kb]

Chapter 2: Description of Global Climate System Models [404 Kb]

Chapter 3: Added Value of Regional Climate Model Simulations [188 Kb]

Chapter 4: Climate model Sensitivity [172 Kb]

Chapter 5: Model Simulation of Major Climate Features [3.3 Mb]

Chapter 6: Future Model Development [380 Kb]

Chapter 7: Example Applications of Climate Model Results [136 Kb]

References [200 Kb]

Back Matter [212 Kb]


This document, part of the Synthesis and Assessment Products described in the U.S. Climate Change Science Program (CCSP) Strategic Plan, was prepared in accordance with Section 515 of the Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2001 (Public Law 106-554) and the information quality act guidelines issued by the Department of Energy pursuant to Section 515). The CCSP Interagency Committee relies on Department of Energy certifications regarding compliance with Section 515 and Department guidelines as the basis for determining that this product conforms with Section 515. For purposes of compliance with Section 515, this CCSP Synthesis and Assessment Product is an "interpreted product" as that term is used in the guidelines and is classified as "highly influential". This document does not express any regulatory policies of the United States or any of its agencies, or provide recommendations for regulatory action.


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