ESMValTool has been developed by the modelling community to allow routine comparison of single or multiple models, against predecessor versions and/or observations.
The priority is to assess essential climate variables for a range of known systematic biases common to earth modelling systems such as coupled tropical climate variability, monsoons, Southern Ocean processes, continental dry biases and soil hydrology-climate interactions, as well as atmospheric CO2 budgets, tropospheric and stratospheric ozone, and tropospheric aerosols.
- ESMValTool website
- PowerPoint presentation on ESMValTool
- Veronika Eyring et al., 2016: ESMValTool (v1.0) – a community diagnostic and performance metrics tool for routine evaluation of Earth System Models in CMIP. Geoscientific Model Development, 9, 1747-1802, doi:10.5194/gmd-9-1747-2016
About the author
Axel Lauer, a senior researcher with DLR, is leading the development of data benchmarking using the ESMValTool for the cross-assessment of aerosol, cloud and radiation essential climate variables.