Climate Change Research ›› 2019, Vol. 15 ›› Issue (5): 510-518.doi: 10.12006/j.issn.1673-1719.2019.085

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Short commentary on CMIP6 Paleoclimate Modelling Intercomparison Project Phase 4 (PMIP4)

Wei-Peng ZHENG1,2,Wen-Min MAN1,Yong SUN1,Yi-Hua LUAN3   

  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
    3 Climate Change Research Center, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100029, China
  • Received:2019-04-16 Revised:2019-05-19 Online:2019-09-30 Published:2019-09-30


The goal of the Paleoclimate Modelling Intercomparison Project (PMIP) is to provide a coordinated framework for the paleoclimate modelling and evaluation, to understand the response of climate system to different climate forcings in the past, and to constrain the projection of future climate. PMIP also contributes the improvement of climate models by comparing simulations and understanding the model uncertainties. PMIP is now proceeding to the fourth phase (PMIP4) and further enhances the collaboration with CMIP6. Simulations of five different periods have been designed to address the objectives of CMIP6: the millennium prior to the industrial epoch (past1000); the mid-Holocene, the Last Glacial Maximum; the Last Interglacial; and the mid-Pliocene Warm Period. Besides, sensitivity experiments are designed to access the role of different forcing factors. PMIP4 not only provides a large number of simulations for paleoclimate research, but also collaborates with other CMIP6 Model Intercomparison Projects (MIPs) by providing necessary variables.

Key words: Paleoclimate, Modelling, External forcing, MidHolocene, The Last Glacial Maximum (LGM)

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