Climate Change Research ›› 2019, Vol. 15 ›› Issue (5): 445-456.doi: 10.12006/j.issn.1673-1719.2019.193

• Overview of the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 6 (CMIP6) and Chinese Contribution •     Next Articles

Commentary on the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 6 (CMIP6)

Tian-Jun ZHOU1,2,Li-Wei ZOU1,Xiao-Long CHEN1   

  1. 1 State Key Laboratory of Numerical Modeling for Atmospheric Sciences and Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100029, China
    2 College of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
  • Received:2019-08-19 Revised:2019-09-03 Online:2019-09-30 Published:2019-09-30


The World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) has launched a new phase of the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP6), which aims to address new scientific questions in climate change field and provide data support for the scientific goals established by the WCRP Grand Challenges program. This paper reviews the development history of CMIP, introduces the background and organization of CMIP6, provides the description of the CMIP6 DECK experiments and the scientific foci of the 23 CMIP6-endorsed MIPs, briefly describes the CMIP6 models and Chinese contributions. Finally, the authors review the CMIP6 from the perspectives of inheritance and innovation, summarize the issues in the organization and implementation of CMIP6, and discuss the prospects for the future development of CMIP.

Key words: CMIP6, WCRP Grand Challenges, Model Intercomparison Projects (MIPs), Overview

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