Atmospheric Model Intercomparison Project
Atmospheric Model Intercomparison Project (AMIP) is a standard
experimental protocol for globalatmospheric general circulation models (AGCMs). It provides a community-based infrastructure in support of climatemodel diagnosis, validation, intercomparison, documentationand dataaccess. Virtually the entire international climate modeling community has participated in this project since its inception in 1990.
AMIP is endorsed by the Working Group on Numerical Experimentation (WGNE) of the
World Climate Research Programme, and is managed by the PCMDIwith the guidance of the WGNE AMIP Panel.
The AMIP experiment itself is simple by design; an AGCM is constrained by realistic
sea surface temperatureand sea icefrom 1979to near present, with a comprehensive set of fields saved for diagnostic research.
This model configuration removes the added complexity of
ocean-atmosphere feedbacks in the climate system. It is not meant to be used for climate changeprediction, an endeavor that requires a coupled atmosphere-ocean model (e.g., see AMIP's sister project CMIP).
* http://www-pcmdi.llnl.gov/projects/amip/index.php - AMIP home page
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