Southeast Australia's wintertime precipitation

sensitivity of climate predictions to model resolution

A. J. Pitman, F. Giorgi, A. Henderson-Sellers

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It is found that the NCAR CCM1 T42 simulation provides good large-scale precipitation patterns, and that the MM4B produces the most accurate regional detail. It is suggested that to investigate continental-scale processes, AGCMs need to use a horizontal resolution which approximates or is finer than 3° × 3°. For the investigation of climate impact or land-surface change at the regional scale, a 70 km resolution, achieved by embedding a mesoscale model within an AGCM, seems to provide considerable potential.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-35
Number of pages15
JournalAustralian Meteorological Magazine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1991

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