High-resolution multi-decadal simulation of tropical cyclones

Michael F. Wehner, Kevin A. Reed, Colin M. Zarzycki

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Recent advances in high-performance computing technologies are enabling multiple climate modeling groups to perform global multi-decadal simulations at tropical cyclone-permitting resolutions. This chapter discusses the developing state of the art of such high-resolution modeling. These global atmospheric models, with horizontal resolutions in the 10-50 km range, simulate strong gradients in temperature and moisture far more realistically than contemporary mainstream climate models at coarser resolution. With these models, simulated tropical cyclones exhibit a surprising degree of realism in terms of both the physical characteristics of individual storms and their long-term statistical behavior. Experience with the Community Atmospheric Model version 5 is used as an example to demonstrate the strengths and weaknesses of this new class of climate models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHurricanes and Climate Change
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9783319475943
ISBN (Print)9783319475929
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Environmental Science
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • General Business, Management and Accounting


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