Model CERFACS1: Elaborations



Model CERFACS1 is an entry in the CMIP1 intercomparison only.


The procedure for spinup/initialization to the simulation starting point of the CERFACS coupled model is as follows (reference: Guilyardi and Madec 1997):

Land Surface Processes

Land surface processes are simulated by the Interactions between Soil-Biosphere-Atmosphere (ISBA) scheme of Noilhan and Planton (1989) as implemented in the ARPEGE model by Mahfouf et al. (1995).

Sea Ice

Sea ice is diagnostically determined as a function of sea surface temperature (SST) (cf. Guilyardi and Madec 1997). If the SST becomes less than the freezing temperature for salt water, ice forms, a constant heat flux is applied to the ocean (-2Wm-2 in the Arctic and 4Wm-2 in the Antarctic), and the atmospheric model computes the net surface heat flux. Sea ice dynamics and rheology are neglected.


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