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Climate System Model Visualizations

The Climate System Model (CSM) project formally began in January 1994 with the long-term goal of building, maintaining, and continually improving a comprehensive model of the climate system. The CSM is composed of 4 independent models (ocean, atmosphere, sea ice, and land surface) that communicate using the "Flux Coupler". The following images and animations are visualizations from the CSM project and represent data from the different model components as noted. Red depicts warming, blue depicts cooling.
         
 Atmosphere Model        
         
Surface Temperature & Cloud Fraction (.4)
Control Run Year 299
  July Surface Temperature Differences
CO2 Control Run
  Global Surface Temperature
Increasing CO2
         
 

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The difference values between the control run and increasing CO2 are colored so that red shows areas of warming and blue shows areas of cooling over a 120 year period.

 

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Shows the relationship between global warming and increasing atmospheric levels of CO2 at 1% per year.

         
 Sea Ice Model - Snow Depth - Control Run Year 299
         
North Pole   South Pole    
         

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 Coupled Models        
         

Coupled

  Uncoupled  
Coupled-Uncoupled
         

 

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Coupled Atlantic        
         

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