The MAPP Program's CMIP5 Task Force brings together scientists whose MAPP-funded research in the framework of CMIP5 (Coupled Model Intercomparison Project - Phase 5) aims at evaluating simulations of the 20th century climate and the uncertainties in long-term predictions and projection of twenty-first century climate over North America. It is envisioned that CMIP5 Task Force activities will advance knowledge of the long-term climate outlooks for North America. The MAPP CMIP5 Task Force will coordinate with other relevant national and international efforts (e.g. WCRP Panels such as WGCM and WGNE).
The CMIP5 Task Force was initiated on November 1st 2012 and will have a duration of 3 years.
MAPP Task Force Concept and Terms of Reference
Lead: Jim Kinter, COLA, George Mason University
Co-Lead: Justin Sheffield, Princeton University
Co-lead: Eric Maloney, Colorado State University
- To view the full Participants list, please visit the Participants page.
- Members Only
You can download a pdf version of the current projects under the CMIP5 Task Force here.
Near-Term Planned Tasks
Develop a publication(s) summarizing CMIP5 simulations and predictions of key regional features of the North American climate. For each examined feature, the paper(s) would consider 20th Century observations, 20th Century CMIP5 Simulations, and 21st Century CMIP3 and CMIP5 Projections.
Progress to date (July 3rd, 2012)
- Preliminary results from the CMIP5 Task Force were presented at the WCRP Workshop on CMIP5 Model Analysis, 5-9 March 2012 Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.
- The CMIP5 Task Force leadership has proposed a Journal of Climate "CMIP5 special collection on North American climate" to include CMIP5-based studies on North American climate and relevant global climate phenomena like ENSO, MJO, Arctic Oscillation that affect North America.
- Over 20 papers from CMIP5 Task Force investigators are in preparation for the Special Collection. Please visit the Papers Submitted for Publication page to view the papers that are currently under review.
- North American Climate in CMIP5 Experiments - Part I: Evaluation of 20th Century Continental and Regional Climatology.
- North American Climate in CMIP5 Experiments - Part II: Evaluation of 20th Century Intra-Seasonal to Decadal Variability.
- North American Climate in CMIP5 Experiments - Part III: Assessment of 21st Century Projections.
- Three overview papers are in preparation for the Special Collection summarizing the work of the CMIP5 Task Force investigators, these are tentatively titled:
- An AGU 2012 Fall meeting session titled "North American Climate in CMIP5 Experiment" (A056) has been proposed by the CMIP5 Task Force and will feature many presentations from this group.