About the Report Cards
In this first release of GLISA’s climate model report cards, we aim to provide users with technical details about how specific models are constructed. We provide important details about the models’ lake, land, and atmospheric components, such as if lake ice is allowed to form in the model or what kind of land cover types are included. This information can help users better understand if the model offers a suitable representation of the climate for their application. In the next phase of this product we plan to incorporate information about the models’ temperature and precipitation biases, including how well lake-effect precipitation is simulated.
To learn more about GLISA’s evaluation of climate models, please visit our Climate Models page.
Dynamically Downscaled Projections for the Great Lakes Region
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin configured a regional climate model (RCM), the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) Regional Climate Model Version Four (RegCM4), with a 1D lake model. Six global climate models (GCMs) from the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase Five (CMIP5) were downscaled using the University of Wisconsin’s version of RegCM4 (UW-RegCM4).
Visit the UW-RegCM4 website for additional information about this ensemble.
North-American Coordinated Regional Climate Downscaling Experiment (NA-CORDEX)
Report cards are available for the 7 RCMs included in NA-CORDEX. Visit the NA-CORDEX home page for additional information about this ensemble.
Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP) version 5
Report cards are available for select global climate models (GCMs) from CMIP5. These are the models that included some treatment of the Great Lakes and may offer usable information for the region. For additional information about how GLISA investigated the treatment of lakes in CMIP5, please see our webpage.
Visit the CMIP5 website for additional information about this ensemble.