Articles | Volume 16, issue 4
Clim. Past, 16, 1523–1545, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-16-1523-2020

Special issue: PlioMIP Phase 2: experimental design, implementation and scientific...

Clim. Past, 16, 1523–1545, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-16-1523-2020

Research article 17 Aug 2020

Research article | 17 Aug 2020

Pliocene Model Intercomparison Project (PlioMIP2) simulations using the Model for Interdisciplinary Research on Climate (MIROC4m)

Wing-Le Chan and Ayako Abe-Ouchi

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We carry out several modelling experiments to investigate the climate of the mid-Piacenzian warm period (~ 3.205 Ma) when CO2 levels were similar to those of present day. The global surface air temperature is 3.1 °C higher compared to pre-industrial ones. Like previous experiments, the scale of warming suggested by proxy sea surface temperature (SST) data in the northern North Atlantic is not replicated. However, tropical Pacific SST shows good agreement with more recently published proxy data.