Articles | Volume 10, issue 4
Earth Syst. Dynam., 10, 729–739, 2019
Earth Syst. Dynam., 10, 729–739, 2019

Research article 13 Nov 2019

Research article | 13 Nov 2019

Evaluating climate emulation: fundamental impulse testing of simple climate models

Adria K. Schwarber et al.

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Simple climate models (SCMs) underlie many important scientific and decision-making endeavors. This illustrates the need for their use to be rooted in a clear understanding of their fundamental responses. In this study, we provide a comprehensive assessment of model performance by evaluating the fundamental responses of several SCMs. We find biases in some responses, which have implications for decision science. We conclude by recommending a standard set of validation tests for any SCM.
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