The Model Evaluation Consortium for Climate Assessment (MECCA) Enhanced Greenhouse Atlas
Entry ID: MECCA_GHG_ATLAS

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Summary
Abstract: The Model Evaluation Consortium for Climate Change Assessment (MECCA)
Enhanced Greenhouse Atlas is an industry-funded project designed to
assess the reliability of Global Circulation Models (GCMs), to
quantify the probable range of future climatic change and to convey
the resulting information to policymakers and other interested
organizations and individuals.

The Enhance Greenhouse Atlas visualizes the results from six MECCA
experiments employing a variety of greenhouse gas scenarios. The six
models are:

GENESIS: Global Environmental and Ecological Simulation of Interactive
Systems

BMRC

CCM0: NCAR's Community Climate Model (Washington and Meehl)

CCM1-OZ: Modified version of CCM1

CCM1W: Wang, et al (1992) version of CCM1

CCM1: Oglesby and Saltzman (1992) version of CCM1

The model results illustrate the effects of enhanced carbon dioxide
(CO2) concentrations on surface temperature and precipitation.

The atlas is divided into two sections representing surface
temperature and precipitation. These are further divided into five
subsections each consisting of displays for the four canonical months:
January, April, July and October. The five subsections are:
agreement maps; mean; standard deviation control run; mean
differences; and signal-to-noise.

Contributors and authors include: A. Henderson-Sellers, A.-M. Hansen,
J. Arblaster, J. Hoekstra, K. McGuffie, C. Brescianini, C. Gross,
P. Love, M. Perkins, and the MECCA Analysis Team, Professor R. Oglesby
(Purdue University) and Professor W-C. Wang (SUNY Albany).

Geographic Coverage
 N: 90.0 S: -90.0  E: 180.0  W: -180.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Title: Climate Change Atlas: Greenhouse Simulations for the Model Evaluation Consortium for Climate Assessment
Dataset Release Date: 1995-07
Dataset Publisher: EPRI
Online Resource: http://www.epri.com/OrderableitemDesc.asp?product_id=TR-105344&targ...


Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1997-01-01
Stop Date: 2003-12-31


Location Keywords
GEOGRAPHIC REGION > GLOBAL


Science Keywords
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY >TRACE GASES/TRACE SPECIES >GREENHOUSE GASES    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE >SURFACE AIR TEMPERATURE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >PRECIPITATION >PRECIPITATION AMOUNT    [Definition]
HUMAN DIMENSIONS >ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS >INDUSTRIAL EMISSIONS    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY >CARBON AND HYDROCARBON COMPOUNDS >CARBON DIOXIDE    [Definition]


ISO Topic Category
CLIMATOLOGY/METEOROLOGY/ATMOSPHERE
ENVIRONMENT


Project
MECCA >Model Evaluation Consortium for Climate Change Assessment    [Information]


Keywords
BMRC
CCM0
CCM1-OZ
CCM1W
CLIMATE ASSESSMENTS
CLIMATE CHANGE
CLIMATE IMPACTS
CLIMATE MODELS
CLIMATOLOGY
CO2
GCM
GENESIS
GLOBAL WARMING
GREENHOUSE EFFECT
MECCA
SURFACE TEMPERATURE
TEMS
GTOS
G3OS


Originating Center
EPRI


Data Center
Electric Power Research Institute    [Information]
Data Center URL: http://www.epri.com/

Data Center Personnel
Name: CHUCK HAKKARINEN
Phone: (415) 855 2592
Fax: (415) 855 1069
Email: chakk at mecca.epri.com
Contact Address:
Electric Power Research Institute
3412 Hillview Avenue, P.O. Box 10412
City: Palo Alto
Province or State: California
Postal Code: 94303
Country: USA



Distribution
Distribution_Media: on-line (WWW)
Fees: $2500 US Dollars


Personnel
ANN HENDERSON-SELLERS
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Phone: +61-2-850-8398
Fax: +61-2-850-9671
Email: ann at mqclimat.mqcc.mq.oz.au
Contact Address:
Macquarie University
School of Earth Sciences
City: North Ryde
Province or State: New South Wales
Postal Code: 2109
Country: Australia


GENE R. MAJOR
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Email: gsfc-gcmduso at mail.nasa.gov


Publications/References
Henderson-Sellers, A., W. Howe, and K. McGuffie. 1995. The MECCA
Analysis Project, Global and Planetary Change, Vol. 10, pp. 3-22.

Oglesby, R.J. and B. Saltzman. 1992. "Equilibrium climate statsitics
of a General Circulation Model as a function of atmospheric carbon
dioxide. Part I: Geographic distributions of primary variables",
J. Climate, Vol. 5 (1), pp. 66-92.

Wang, W-C., M.P. Dudek, and X-Z. Liang. 1992. "Inadeuacy of effective
CO2 as a proxy in assessing the regional climate change due to other
radiatively active gases", Geophys. Res. Letters, Vol. 19 (13),
pp. 1375-1378.

Washington, W.M. and G.A. Meehl. 1993. "Greenhouse sensitivity
experiments with penetrative cumulus convection and tropical cirrus
albedo effects", Clim. Dynamics, Vol. 8, 211-223.

Creation and Review Dates
Last DIF Revision Date: 2009-04-20

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