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Dataset Collection

 

RAPID Understanding uncertainty in simulations of THC-related rapid climate change:

Status: Not defined
Publication State: published

Abstract

The main tools that are used for making projections of climate change in the coming century resulting from greenhouse-gas and other emissions are detailed coupled three-dimensional models of the atmosphere and ocean. However, such models give widely different results for some important aspects of climate change, thus limiting our ability to make practically useful projections. One such aspect is changes that may happen in the Atlantic Ocean thermohaline circulation, often referred to as the Gulf Stream. This circulation transports a great deal of heat northwards. If it weakened, future warming in Europe in particular could be reduced or possibly reversed. The spread of model results basically reflects limitations in current understanding of how the large-scale climate system operates. The aim of this project was to identify which are the most important aspects of that uncertainty by making comparisons of the responses simulated by a range of climate models. The results were intended to help improve the models by focusing attention on the aspects which require further theoretical or observational study.

This dataset collection contains meteorology and ocean model outputs.

Rapid Climate Change (RAPID) was a £20 million, six-year (2001-2007) programme for the Natural Environment Research Council. The programme aimed to improve the ability to quantify the probability and magnitude of future rapid change in climate, with a main (but not exclusive) focus on the role of the Atlantic Ocean's Thermohaline Circulation.

Citable as:Natural Environment Research Council; Gregory, J.M.; Cameron, D.; et. al (2008): RAPID Understanding uncertainty in simulations of THC-related rapid climate change:. NCAS British Atmospheric Data Centre, date of citation. http://catalogue.ceda.ac.uk/uuid/6ceb72ed91df42f69050a2a0fa18ea55
Abbreviation: Not defined
Keywords: RAPID, Climate change, Atlantic Ocean's Thermohaline Circulation

Coverage
Temporal Range
Start time:
1958-01-01T00:00:00
End time:
2091-01-01T00:00:00
Geographic Extent

 
90.0000°
 
-180.0000°
 
180.0000°
 
-90.0000°