Southern Ocean Model Intercomparison Project (SOMIP)

SOMIP is primarily focused on the CMIP6 scientific question “How does the Earth System respond to forcing?” with the aim of reducing uncertainties in climate projections by defining the role of the oceans in climate with regards to the Southern Ocean. As with most MIPs the goal is to understand the causes of differences in the models’ responses and to compare models to observations. The purpose is to increase our understanding of the important processes influencing model response and to use that understanding to improve the models. Our plan is to closely align SOMIP with FAFMIP, using an adaptation of the FAFMIP wind forcing anomaly, and complementing their study by including an additional fresh water forcing anomaly around Antarctica.


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