Energy balance climate modelling: An alternative dynamic parameterization

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This paper describes a dynamic parameterization for a simple global climate model that is based on the planetary boundary layer equations of horizontal motion. This new parameterization resolves many of the problems associated with other representations of the general circulation in simple climatic models. The model developed in this study accurately simulates the presently observed zonally‐averaged temperature and wind field patterns. Sensitivity tests demonstrate that a model with the new dynamic parameterization meets or exceeds the performance levels of other one‐dimensional energy balance global climate models. By solving many of the problems associated with the available alternative circulation parametcrizations, the new circulation representation based on the equations of motion appears to improve the quality of the popular simple climate models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)423-431
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Climatology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1985


  • Dynamic parameterization
  • Energy balance models

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science
  • Atmospheric Science
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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