Community Earth System Model

We use the Community Earth System Model (CESM) (Gent et al., 2011) to explore the effect of solar radiation strategies on key aspects of the Earth’s climate, including regional-to-global temperature and precipitation patterns, interseasonal-to-interannual variability, and projected climate change trends.

CESM is a state-of-the-art global climate model that can simulate the physical processes and interactions within Earth’s integrated climate system. It is comprised of several independent models that represent the various climate components, including the atmosphere, ocean, land, vegetation, biogeochemistry, and sea ice. These components interface and communicate via a central coupler component. This model represents leading edge community efforts to model past, present, and possible future climate change on multiple spatial and temporal scales.

Gent, P. R. et al (2011), The Community Climate System Model Version 4, Journal of Climate, 24, 4973-4991, doi:10.1175/2011JCLI4083.1.