Aims and Description
The Aqua-Planet Experiment Project (APE) compares idealised climates
simulated by atmospheric global circulation models (AGCMs) which are
being used and developed for numerical weather prediction and climate
Each AGCM is used to simulate the climate on a water covered world
using several idealised distributions of sea surface temperature.
This simplified environment will focus attention on the distribution
and variability of convection in the tropics and of the storm-tracks
The experiment aims to provide a benchmark of current model behaviour
and, more importantly, to stimulate research to understand the causes
of inter-model differences, arising from different subgrid-scale
parameterization suites, different dynamical cores, and different
methods of coupling the two.