Study of Tropical Oceans In Coupled Models (STOIC)


Mike Davey (mike.davey@metoffice.com)
Ken Sperber (sperber1@llnl.gov)

(a companion project to ENSIP)

STOIC was initiated by CLIVAR-WGSIP in 1996, with the aimed of identifying common strengths and weaknesses of coupled models in tropical ocean regions. It is complementary to another WGSIP project (ENSIP) that concentrated on ENSO and the equatorial Pacific. Fields of tropical sea surface temperature, surface wind stress and upper ocean vertically-averaged temperature were collected from 24 models (22 CGCMs, of which 14 with no tropical flux adjustments) and compared with observed behavior with regard to annual mean, seasonal cycle, and interannual variability characteristics. Reports of results have been published.

Main results:

References:
Davey, M., M. Huddleston, K.R. Sperber et al. (2000) STOIC: A study of coupled GCM climatology and variability in tropical ocean regions (A detailed report of results, available on ftp.)

Davey, M., M. Huddleston, K.R. Sperber et al. (2002) STOIC: a study of coupled model climatology and variability in tropical ocean regions. Clim. Dyn., 18, 403-420.

Davey, M., M. Huddleston and K. Sperber (2000) The CLIVAR-WGSIP STOIC project. CLIVAR Exchanges, 17, 21-23.




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