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Real World and Tropical Cyclone World. Part I: High-Resolution Climate Model Verification

S Sharmila, KJE Walsh, M Thatcher, S Wales, S Utembe



Recent global climate models with sufficient resolution and physics offer a promising approach for simulating real-world tropical cyclone (TC) statistics and their changing relationship with climate. In the first part of this study, we examine the performance of a high-resolution (;40-km horizontal grid) global climate model, the atmospheric component of the Australian Community Climate and Earth System Simulator (ACCESS) based on the Met Office Unified Model (UM8.5) Global Atmosphere (GA6.0). The atmospheric model is forced with observed sea surface temperature, and 20 years of integrations (1990–2009) are analyzed for evaluating the simulated TC statistics compared with observations. The m..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This research was funded by the Australian Research Council Discovery Project DP15012272. The authors thank three anonymous reviewers for their constructive comments on the previous version that has improved the quality of the paper. SS acknowledges the present support from the Northern Australia Climate Program (NACP) project at the University of Southern Queensland/Bureau of Meteorology, Australia. SS also thanks Dr. S. Abhik, Prof. Ian Simmonds, and Prof. Suzana Camargo for useful discussions. The climate model used in this study was supplied by the ACCESS modelling team, with the support of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science. The simulations and analyses were performed on the National Computational Infrastructure system (, supported by the Australian Government. Figures are prepared using the free software NCAR Command Language (NCL) and GRACE. All model outputs are available for analysis on request to the corresponding author.