Articles | Volume 12, issue 4
Earth Syst. Dynam., 12, 1427–1501, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-12-1427-2021
Earth Syst. Dynam., 12, 1427–1501, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-12-1427-2021
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06 Dec 2021
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Extreme metrics from large ensembles: investigating the effects of ensemble size on their estimates

Claudia Tebaldi et al.

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We address the question of how large an initial condition ensemble of climate model simulations should be if we are concerned with accurately projecting future changes in temperature and precipitation extremes. We find that for most cases (and both models considered), an ensemble of 20–25 members is sufficient for many extreme metrics, spatial scales and time horizons. This may leave computational resources to tackle other uncertainties in climate model simulations with our ensembles.
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