NCAR CESM Global Bias-Corrected CMIP5 Output to Support WRF/MPAS Research

This dataset includes global bias-corrected climate model output data from version 1 of NCAR's Community Earth System Model (CESM1) that participated in phase 5 of the Coupled Model Intercomparison Experiment (CMIP5), which supported the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report (IPCC AR5). The dataset contains all the variables needed for the initial and boundary conditions for simulations with the Weather Research and Forecasting model (WRF) or the Model for Prediction Across Scales (MPAS), provided in the Intermediate File Format specific to WRF and MPAS. The data are interpolated to 26 pressure levels and are provided in files at six hourly intervals. The variables have been bias-corrected using the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) Interim Reanalysis (ERA-Interim) fields for 1981-2005, following the method in Bruyere et al. (2014) []. Files are available for a 20th Century simulation (1951-2005) and three concomitant Representative Concentration Pathway (RCP) future scenarios (RCP4.5, RCP6.0 and RCP8.5) spanning 2006-2100.

NOTE: There are no bias-corrected data for RCP2.6, due to corrupted data caused by a model bug in CESM.

Note to Microsoft Windows users: The executable metgrid.exe, which is required to ingest this data into WPS/WRF, is not compatible with Windows and can only be run in a Linux environment. It is recommended, therefore, that this dataset be used in Linux environments only.

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  • Thomas Cram
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Temporal Range

  • Begin:  1951-01-01T00:00:00Z
    End:  2100-12-31T18:00:00Z


Resource Type dataset
Temporal Range Begin 1951-01-01T00:00:00Z
Temporal Range End 2100-12-31T18:00:00Z
Temporal Resolution N/A
Bounding Box North Lat N/A
Bounding Box South Lat N/A
Bounding Box West Long N/A
Bounding Box East Long N/A
Spatial Representation N/A
Spatial Resolution N/A
Related Links

Related Resource #1 : Listing of CESM 1.0 Experiments

Additional Information N/A
Resource Format Binary
Standardized Resource Format Binary
Asset Size 13150100 MB
Legal Constraints

Use of this dataset is subject to UCAR's Terms of Use, except that commercial use is generally not prohibited.

Access Constraints Registration on the RDA web site is a requirement for access to the data.
Software Implementation Language N/A

Resource Support Name Thomas Cram
Resource Support Email
Resource Support Organization UCAR/NCAR - Research Data Archive
Distributor NCAR Research Data Archive
Metadata Contact Name N/A
Metadata Contact Email
Metadata Contact Organization NCAR Research Data Archive

Author Monaghan, A. J.
Steinhoff, D. F.
Bruyere, C. L.
Yates, D.
Publisher Research Data Archive at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Computational and Information Systems Laboratory
Publication Date 2014-12-05
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
Alternate Identifier ds316.1
Resource Version N/A
Topic Category climatologyMeteorologyAtmosphere
Progress completed
Metadata Date 2024-02-28T21:05:02-07:00
Metadata Record Identifier edu.ucar.rda::ds316.1
Metadata Language eng; USA
Suggested Citation Monaghan, A. J., Steinhoff, D. F., Bruyere, C. L., Yates, D.. (2014). NCAR CESM Global Bias-Corrected CMIP5 Output to Support WRF/MPAS Research. Research Data Archive at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Computational and Information Systems Laboratory. Accessed 23 April 2024.

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