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Climate Models and their Limitations (General/Miscellaneous)

Click on the links below to access reviews of the scientific literature on this topic that have been published since the 2009 NIPCC report.

Moving from CMIP3 to CMIP5: How are the Models Progressing? (16 July 2014)
Variability and Change as Simulated by CMIP5 Models (16 July 2014)
Predicting the Unpredictable? ... Some Things Just Can't Be Done (15 July 2014)
Cold Tongue and Warm Pool ENSO Events in CMIP5 Models (9 July 2014)
Modeling Arctic Sea Ice Albedo Under Summer Conditions (18 June 2014)
Simulations of ENSO by CMIP5 Climate Models (17 June 2014)
Twenty-five Climate Models Can't All Be Wrong ... Or Can They? (11 June 2014)
A Multi-Regional Climate Model Hindcast for Africa (4 June 2014)
Twenty-three Climate Models Can't Be Wrong ... Or Can They? (27 May 2014)
Evaluating CFSv2 Seasonal Hindcasts for the Period 1983-2010 (22 April 2014)
Tropical Cyclone Activity as Expressed in CMIP5 Models (15 April 2014)
Modelling the Atlantic Multi-decadal Oscillation of the 20th-Century (19 March 2014)
Assessing the Performance of CMIP3 GCMs in Southeast Australia (11 March 2014)
CMIP5 Models of North American Climate (5 March 2014)
Four AR5 Climate Models Attempting to Replicate the AMO (26 February 2014)
Modeling Volcanic Aeorsol Impacts on Atmospheric Water Vapor (29 January 2014)
Simulating California (USA) Extreme Heat Conditions (15 January 2014)
Reconstructing the Increasing "Breath" of Earth's Biosphere (25 December 2013)
Atmospheric Blocking in the Northern Hemisphere (17 December 2013)
Solar and Planetary Influences on Global Climate Change (10 December 2013)
Simulating the MJO and Convectively Coupled Equatorial Waves (4 December 2013)
The Amundsen-Bellingshausen Seas Low in CMIP5 Climate Models (26 November 2013)
Simulating North Atlantic Extratropical Cyclones (20 November 2013)
The North American Regional Climate-Change Assessment Program (19 November 2013)
CMIP3 and CMIP5 Wind Stress Climatology (29 October 2013)
The Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP): Phase 3 vs. Phase 5 (22 October 2013)
CMIP5 Backward Projections of Temperature and Precipitation (15 October 2013)
Modeling Temperature, Sea Level Pressure and Precipitation: CMIP5 vs. CMIP3 (24 September 2013)
Deficiencies of Modeled Temperature Extremes (20 August 2013)
Last Millennium Climate Simulations Still Falling Short of Reality (14 August 2013)
Global Climate Model Simulations of Southern South America (13 August 2013)
Meet the New Models: Are They Any Better Than the Old Models? (7 August 2013)
Permafrost Thermal Dynamics in CMIP5 Earth System Models (30 July 2013)
Climate Models: Still Struggling to "Get It Right" (3 July 2013)
IPCC AR4 Projections of Indian Summer Monsoon-ENSO Links (12 June 2013)
Wind Speeds over China: AR5 Climate Models vs. Real-World Data (28 May 2013)
How Well Do Climate Models Mimic Atmospheric Teleconnections? (15 May 2013)
Modeling Northern Hemispheric Winters (30 April 2013)
Biases in the Output of Global and Regional Circulation Models (9 April 2013)
Modeling the Link Between ENSO and North Australian SSTs (13 February 2013)
Model Simulations of Climatic Effects of Volcanic Eruptions (5 February 2013)
Drifting Along with the CMIP3 Models (2 January 2013)
Going Back in Time: The (un)Predictability of Climate (5 December 2012)
An Astronomically-Based Decadal-Scale Climate Model vs. All of the IPCC (2007) General Circulation Models of the Atmosphere (27 November 2012)
Testing Version 4 of the Community Climate System Model (6 November 2012)
Examining Flow Variability in a Simple Model: Friction in Jet Stream Behavior (30 October 2012)
With a Hint and a Nudge, Climate Model Downscaling Can be Improved (17 October 2012)
The Weather Research and Forecasting Model: Turning a Weather Model into a Climate Model (16 October 2012)
Simulating the Present-Day Arctic Atmosphere (5 September 2012)
The South Pacific Convergence Zone: A Real "Swinger" Under the Influence of CO2? (21 August 2012)
Tropical Influences on North Pacific Sea Surface Temperatures (14 August 2012)
A Model Passes the Test for Tropical Cyclones (18 July 2012)
New Model Test Experiments, Same old Results (27 June 2012)
The Siberian High in a Supposedly Warming World (17 April 2012)
Climatic Impacts of Intermittent Tropical Cyclone-Induced Alterations in Sea Surface Temperature (11 April 2012)
Historical Simulations of an Astronomically-Based Climate Model vs. Those of the Global Circulation Models Promoted by the IPCC (21 March 2012)
The Relative Merit of Multiple Climate Models (21 February 2012)
Global Climate Models and Simulating the Arctic: How do They Perform in the Cold? (1 February 2012)
Exciting El Niño News: More Evidence of a Solar Trigger (4 January 2012)
ENSO Variability Over the Past Millennium (3 January 2012)
Trying to Understand Interactions Among Isoprene, Ozone and Methane within the Context of Rising Air Temperatures and CO2 Concentrations (21 December 2011)
The Madden Julian Oscillation (MJO): A Climate Model Increases its "Mojo" (20 December 2011)
The Next Forty Years of Hypothetical Global Warming (29 November 2011)
Predicting Future Climate: How Good Are Today's Models? (22 November 2011)
Regional Climate Modeling: Are Prospects for Improvement Dim or Brightening? (15 November 2011)
Abrupt Climate Change Simulations (26 October 2011)
Predicting the Course of Climate Change Over the Next Decade (25 October 2011)
Tropical Cyclones: The Models Project More of Them in Our Future, or is it Fewer (12 October 2011)
Interannual Variability of 20th-Century Climate in CMIP3 Models (11 October 2011)
One More Alarmist Claim Not Supported by the Latest Science -- Fears of a Permanent El Niño (4 October 2011)
Getting Back to Basics: Atmospheric Blocking (4 October 2011)
Assessing Model Performance: Are All Models Created Equal? (21 September 2011)
Atmospheric Models: Keeping It Simple (6 September 2011)
Will It Be Species Extinction or Species Persistence? (10 August 2011)
Microrefugia: An Important Hedge Against Extinction (26 Jul 2011)
Why Climate Change Effect Studies are Pessimistic (20 Jul 2011)
Atmospheric Models: Keeping it Simple (19 Jul 2011)
Detecting the Footprint of Man in Tropical Cyclone Damage Data (7 June 2011)
Climate Models Need to Render the Past Before Projecting the Future (25 May 2011)
Using Statistical Models to Understand Earth's Climate: The Intertropical Convergence Zone (26 April 2011)
Model Assessments of Warming-Induced Changes in the Frequency of Northern Hemisphere Summer Cyclones (6 April 2011)
Getting to the "Core" of Output Differences as Produced by Climate Models (30 March 2011)
A Shifting of Paradigms in the Study of Ice-Sheet Grounding Lines (16 March 2011)
The Late-1980 Extratropical Warming of the Northern Hemisphere (9 March 2011)
The Relative Merit of Multiple Climate Models (8 March 2011)
Three Decades of Modeling Climate Sensitivity to CO2 (2 March 2011)
Have Natural Variations in the Arctic and North Atlantic Region influenced Recent Global Temperatures? (26 January 2011)
Improving GCMs through the Representation of Aerosol Composition (25 January 2011)
Natural Variability, Not CO2, Accounts for Late 20th Century Warming (6 January 2011)
Atmospheric Blocking and Extreme Weather Events (5 January 2011)
Irreversible CO2-Induced Global Warming? (22 December 2010)
ENSO Prediction by Coupled Ocean-Atmosphere Models (17 November 2010)
Climatic Change Effects on Earth's Biosphere (22 September 2010)
Highly Uncertain Forecasts of Future European Climate (26 August 2010)
How Good Are Current Climate Models? (22 July 2010)
Assessing the Skill of Coupled Atmosphere-Land-Ocean Climate Models (16 July 2010)
Climate Models Are Sensitive to Errors in Initial Conditions (14 June 2010)