The Carbon-Land Model Intercomparison Project (C-LAMP): A protocol and evaluation metrics for global terrestrial biogeochemistry models

Forrest M. Hoffman, James T. Randerson, Inez Y. Fung, Peter E. Thornton, Yen Huei Lee, Curtis C. Covey, Gordon B. Bonan, Steven W. Running

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Abstract

Described here is a protocol and accompanying metrics for evaluation of scientific model performance of global terrestrial biogeochemistry models. Developed under the guise of the NCAR Community Climate System Model (CCSM) Biogeochemistry Working Group, the Carbon-Land Model Intercomparison Project (C-LAMP) experimental protocol improves and expands upon the Coupled Carbon Cycle-Climate Model Intercomparison Project (C4MIP) Phase 1 protocol. However, unlike traditional model intercomparisons, C-LAMP has established scientific model performance metrics based upon comparison against best-available satellite- and ground-based measurements. Moreover, C-LAMP has partnered with the U.S. Department of Energy's Program for Climate Model Diagnosis and Intercomparison (PCMDI) to collect, archive, and distribute-via the Earth System Grid (ESG)-model results from C-LAMP experiments performed by international modeling groups in the same fashion as was done for the model results used in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report (AR4). In addition, because future IPCC Assessment Reports are expected to be based on results from integrated Earth System Models (ESMs), C-LAMP is helping to establish the metadata standards for model output from terrestrial biogeochemistry components of ESMs. Proposed as an extension to the netCDF Climate and Forecast (CF) 1.1 Convention, these metadata standards will facilitate future model-model and model-measurement intercomparisons. A prototype diagnostics tool has been developed for C-LAMP that summarizes model results, produce graphical representations of these results as compared with observational data sets, and score models on their scientific performance.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProc. iEMSs 4th Biennial Meeting - Int. Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software Integrating Science andInformation Technology for Environmental Assessment and Decision Making, iEMSs 2008
Pages1039-1046
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 2008
Event4th Biennial Meeting of International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software: Integrating Sciences and Information Technology for Environmental Assessment and Decision Making, iEMSs 2008 - Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Duration: Jul 7 2008Jul 10 2008

Publication series

NameProc. iEMSs 4th Biennial Meeting - Int. Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software: Integrating Sciences and Information Technology for Environmental Assessment and Decision Making, iEMSs 2008
Volume2

Conference

Conference4th Biennial Meeting of International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software: Integrating Sciences and Information Technology for Environmental Assessment and Decision Making, iEMSs 2008
Country/TerritorySpain
CityBarcelona, Catalonia
Period07/7/0807/10/08

Keywords

  • C-LAMP
  • Carbon cycle
  • Model Intercomparison
  • Model verification
  • Terrestrial biogeochemistry

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