The need for a dynamical climate reanalysis

Lennart Bengtsson, Phil Arkin, Paul Berrisford, Philippe Bougeault, Chris K. Folland, Chris Gordon, Keith Haines, Kevin I. Hodges, Phil Jones, Per Kallberg, Nick Rayner, Adrian J. Simmons, Detlef Stammer, Peter W. Thorne, Sakari Uppala, Russell S. Vose

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Reanalyses are used primarily for atmospheric model validation. However, reanalyses suffer from a number of limitations that unfortunately restrict their general use. A reanalysis workshop held recently at the University of Reading, United Kingdom, highlighted a number of central issues in climate research. Attendees discussed how these research needs may benefit from a dedicated reanalysis. Specific topics covered included a more in-depth understanding of the general circulation of the atmosphere and a more reliable assessment of climate trends, the hydrological cycle and the calculation of energy fluxes over the oceans.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)495-501
Number of pages7
JournalBulletin of the American Meteorological Society
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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