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Improved Seasonal Prediction of Temperature and Precipitation over Land in a High-Resolution GFDL Climate Model

Author(s): Jia, Liwei; Yang, Xiaosong; Vecchi, Gabriel A; Gudgel, Richard G; Delworth, Thomas L; et al

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Abstract: This study demonstrates skillful seasonal prediction of 2-m air temperature and precipitation over land in a new high-resolution climate model developed by the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory and explores the possible sources of the skill. The authors employ a statistical optimization approach to identify the most predictable components of seasonal mean temperature and precipitation over land and demonstrate the predictive skill of these components. First, the improved skill of the high-resolution model over the previous lower-resolution model in seasonal prediction of the Niño-3.4 index and other aspects of interest is shown. Then, the skill of temperature and precipitation in the high-resolution model for boreal winter and summer is measured, and the sources of the skill are diagnosed. Last, predictions are reconstructed using a few of the most predictable components to yield more skillful predictions than the raw model predictions. Over three decades of hindcasts, the two most predictable components of temperature are characterized by a component that is likely due to changes in external radiative forcing in boreal winter and summer and an ENSO-related pattern in boreal winter. The most predictable components of precipitation in both seasons are very likely ENSO-related. These components of temperature and precipitation can be predicted with significant correlation skill at least 9 months in advance. The reconstructed predictions using only the first few predictable components from the model show considerably better skill relative to observations than raw model predictions. This study shows that the use of refined statistical analysis and a high-resolution dynamical model leads to significant skill in seasonal predictions of 2-m air temperature and precipitation over land.
Publication Date: 1-Mar-2015
Citation: Jia, Liwei, Xiaosong Yang, Gabriel A. Vecchi, Richard G. Gudgel, Thomas L. Delworth, Anthony Rosati, William F. Stern et al. "Improved seasonal prediction of temperature and precipitation over land in a high-resolution GFDL climate model." Journal of Climate 28, no. 5 (2015): 2044-2062. doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-14-00112.1.
DOI: doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-14-00112.1
ISSN: 0894-8755
EISSN: 1520-0442
Pages: 2044 - 2062
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: Journal of Climate
Version: Final published version. Article is made available in OAR by the publisher's permission or policy.

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