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Bellenger H., Guilyardi E., Leloup Julie, Lengaigne Matthieu, Vialard Jérôme. (2014). ENSO representation in climate models : from CMIP3 to CMIP5. Climate Dynamics, 42 (7-8), 1999-2018. ISSN 0930-7575

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ENSO representation in climate models : from CMIP3 to CMIP5
Année de publication2014
Type de documentArticle référencé dans le Web of Science WOS:000334068100018
AuteursBellenger H., Guilyardi E., Leloup Julie, Lengaigne Matthieu, Vialard Jérôme.
SourceClimate Dynamics, 2014, 42 (7-8), p. 1999-2018. ISSN 0930-7575
RésuméWe analyse the ability of CMIP3 and CMIP5 coupled ocean-atmosphere general circulation models (CGCMs) to simulate the tropical Pacific mean state and El Nio-Southern Oscillation (ENSO). The CMIP5 multi-model ensemble displays an encouraging 30 % reduction of the pervasive cold bias in the western Pacific, but no quantum leap in ENSO performance compared to CMIP3. CMIP3 and CMIP5 can thus be considered as one large ensemble (CMIP3 + CMIP5) for multi-model ENSO analysis. The too large diversity in CMIP3 ENSO amplitude is however reduced by a factor of two in CMIP5 and the ENSO life cycle (location of surface temperature anomalies, seasonal phase locking) is modestly improved. Other fundamental ENSO characteristics such as central Pacific precipitation anomalies however remain poorly represented. The sea surface temperature (SST)-latent heat flux feedback is slightly improved in the CMIP5 ensemble but the wind-SST feedback is still underestimated by 20-50 % and the shortwave-SST feedbacks remain underestimated by a factor of two. The improvement in ENSO amplitudes might therefore result from error compensations. The ability of CMIP models to simulate the SST-shortwave feedback, a major source of erroneous ENSO in CGCMs, is further detailed. In observations, this feedback is strongly nonlinear because the real atmosphere switches from subsident (positive feedback) to convective (negative feedback) regimes under the effect of seasonal and interannual variations. Only one-third of CMIP3 + CMIP5 models reproduce this regime shift, with the other models remaining locked in one of the two regimes. The modelled shortwave feedback nonlinearity increases with ENSO amplitude and the amplitude of this feedback in the spring strongly relates with the models ability to simulate ENSO phase locking. In a final stage, a subset of metrics is proposed in order to synthesize the ability of each CMIP3 and CMIP5 models to simulate ENSO main characteristics and key atmospheric feedbacks.
Plan de classementLimnologie physique / Océanographie physique [032] ; Sciences fondamentales / Techniques d'analyse et de recherche [020]
Descr. géo.PACIFIQUE
LocalisationFonds IRD [F B010061933]
Identifiant IRDfdi:010061933
Lien permanenthttp://www.documentation.ird.fr/hor/fdi:010061933

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