ETH cmip5 historical


Knutti, Reto

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historical is an experiment of the CMIP5 - Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 5 ( ). CMIP5 is meant to provide a framework for coordinated climate change experiments for the next five years and thus includes simulations for assessment in the IPCC AR5. This subset of the CMIP5 additional historical data were collected by ETH Zurich until 15th March 2013 in support of IPCC AR5 Working Group 1 ( ). These data are part of the IPCC-DDC AR5.

historical (3.2 Historical) - Version 2: Simulation of recent past (1850 to 2005). Impose changing conditions (consistent with observations).

Experiment design:
List of output variables:
Output: time series per variable in model grid spatial resolution in netCDF format
Earth System model and the simulation information: CIM repository

Data are structured and entry names are set according to the ETH Zurich Archive layout: "experiment/MIP table/variable/model/ensemble member/CMOR"
IPCC-DDC_AR5 (IPCC Data Distribution Centre : Fifth Assessment Report data sets)
Prof. Reto Knutti (
World (global)
Additional Information
CMIP5 List of output variables
Datafile of the Climate System Scenario Tables (IPCC-AR5 Annex II)
Datafiles of the Atlas of Global and Regional Climate Projections (IPCC-AR5 Annex I)
CMIP5 Experiment design
CMIP5 Experiment design
CIM simulation documents for CMIP5 experiment historical
CMIP5 List of output variables
Spatial Coverage
Longitude 0 to 360 Latitude -90 to 90 Altitude: -6200 m to .01 hPa
Temporal Coverage
1850-01-01 to 2040-12-31 (calendrical)
Use constraints
Data Catalog
World Data Center for Climate
17.33 TiB (19056677326596 Byte)
completely archived
Creation Date
Future Review Date
Cite as
Knutti, Reto (2014). IPCC Working Group I AR5 snapshot: The historical experiment. World Data Center for Climate (WDCC) at DKRZ.

[Entry acronym: ETHhi] [Entry id: 2805405]
Basic checks on data gaps and overlaps, no scientific evaluation of the data; SQA - Scientific Quality Assurance 'approved by author' 02/19/2014; TQA - Technical Quality Assurance 'approved by WDCC' 03/04/2014;
sftlf: latitude of contain identical values of -88.
A general list of errata in CMIP5 data is available at:
as complete as the archive of IPCC-AR5 WG1 at ETH Zurich (snapshot 15th March 2013)
as consistent as the models are;
consistency with project requirements was checked within the CMIP5 data quality procedure described at: .
[QualityFlag=approved by author] [DateOfTQA=2014-03-04]
[CMIP5:TQA=done according to criteria for QCL3 defined at ]
Contact typePersonORCIDInstitute

Is referenced by

[1] DOI Ruane, Alex C.; McDermid, Sonali P. (2017). Selection of a representative subset of global climate models that captures the profile of regional changes for integrated climate impacts assessment. doi:10.1186/s40322-017-0036-4

Is described by

[1] DOI Taylor, Karl E.; Stouffer, Ronald J.; Meehl, Gerald A. (2012). An Overview of CMIP5 and the Experiment Design. doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-11-00094.1
[2] DOI IPCC. (2013). Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis. Contribution of Working Group I to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. doi:10.1017/CBO9781107415324


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