Obtaining sub-grid-scale information from coarse-resolution general circulation model output

TML Wigley, PD Jones, KR Briffa, G Smith

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The predictor variables employed are area averages (over ~2.5 × 106 km2) of temperature and precipitation and propinquitous grid point values of mean sea level pressure and 700 mbar height, together with the zonal and meridional gradients of these two variables. Regression analyses are performed using monthly-mean data from Oregon, with separate analyses for each month. In independent verification, Spatial-mean explained variances range from 58 to 87% for temperature and from 39 to 76% for precipitation. Most of the variance explained arises from the area average of the variable which is the predictand: in other words, if the temperature, say, at point x is to be estimated, the best predictor is generally the area average temperature.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1943-1953
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research
Issue numberD2
Publication statusPublished - 1990

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