Location of Repository

Sensitivity of terrestrial precipitation trends to the structural evolution of sea surface temperatures

By Bruce T. Anderson, Benjamin R. Lintner, Baird Langenbrunner, J. David Neelin, Ed Hawkins and Jozef Syktus


Pronounced intermodel differences in the projected response of land surface precipitation (LSP) to future anthropogenic forcing remain in the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 5 model integrations. A large fraction of the intermodel spread in projected LSP trends is demonstrated here to be associated with systematic differences in simulated sea surface temperature (SST) trends, especially the representation of changes in (i) the interhemispheric SST gradient and (ii) the tropical Pacific SSTs. By contrast, intermodel differences in global mean SST, representative of differing global climate sensitivities, exert limited systematic influence on LSP patterns. These results highlight the importance to regional terrestrial precipitation changes of properly simulating the spatial distribution of large-scale, remote changes as reflected in the SST response to increasing greenhouse gases. Moreover, they provide guidance regarding which region-specific precipitation projections may be potentially better constrained for use in climate change impact assessments

Topics: Anthropogenic change, CMIP5, Intermodel differences, Principal uncertainty pattern analysis, Sea surface temperature, Terrestrial precipitation, 1900 Earth and Planetary Sciences, 1908 Geophysics
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Year: 2015
DOI identifier: 10.1002/2014GL062593
OAI identifier: oai:espace.library.uq.edu.au:UQ:352901

Suggested articles


To submit an update or takedown request for this paper, please submit an Update/Correction/Removal Request.