CMIP5 - Experiment Design - Design Document
A detailed description of the experiment design is provided by: Taylor et al (2009), "A Summary of the CMIP5 Experiment Design" is dated 22 Jan 2011.
Earlier versions of experiment design document (with marked changes):
The objectives and strategy for the CMIP5 decadal predictions simulations are summarized in:
An outline of the strategy for including ESM’s in CMIP is outlined in:
The CMIP5 (CMIP Phase 5) experiment design includes the following suites of experiments:
I Decadal Hindcasts and Predictions simulations,
II "long-term" simulations,
III "atmosphere-only" (prescribed SST) simulations for especially computationally-demanding models.
The focus in CMIP5 is on experiments with AOGCMs (suites I and II). This is why in the experiment design document, the third suite of experiments involving atmosphere-only models has not been listed separately from the Decadal Hindcasts and Predictions experiments. We anticipate, however, that some NWP modeling centers and some computationally demanding model versions (e.g., with sophisticated atmospheric chemistry treatments) may only be able to perform experiments with prescribed SSTs and sea ice. Typical models used for climate studies, however, would be expected to do experiments in suites I and/or II in addition to (or rather than) only those in suite III.