The Arctic predictability and prediction on seasonal-to-interannual timescales (APPOSITE) data set version 1
Geoscientific Model Development
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Recent decades have seen significant developments in seasonal-to-interannual timescale climate prediction capabilities. However, until recently the potential of such systems to predict Arctic climate had not been assessed. This paper describes a multi- 5 model predictability experiment which was run as part of the Arctic Predictability and Prediction On Seasonal to Inter-annual Timescales (APPOSITE) project. The main goal of APPOSITE was to quantify the timescales on which Arctic climate is predictable. In order to achieve this, a coordinated set of idealised initial-value predictability experiments, with seven general circulation models, was conducted. This was the first model 10 intercomparison project designed to quantify the predictability of Arctic climate on seasonal to inter-annual timescales. Here we present a description of the archived data set (which is available at the British Atmospheric Data Centre) and an update of the project's results. Although designed to address Arctic predictability, this data set could also be used to assess the predictability of other regions and modes of climate vari15 ability on these timescales, such as the El Niño Southern Oscillation.
This work was supported by the Natural Environment Research Council (grant NE/I029447/1). Helge Goessling was supported by a fellowship of the German Research Foundation (DFG grant GO 2464/1-1). Data storage and processing capacity was kindly provided by the British Atmospheric Data Centre (BADC). Thanks to Yanjun Jiao (CCCma) for his assistance with the CanCM4 simulations and to Bill Merryfield for his comments on a draft of the paper
This is the final version of the article. Available from the publisher via the DOI in this record. Discussion paper (published on 15 Oct 2015)
8, 8809–8833, 2015