“Virtual” Atmospheric and Oceanic Circulation in the Earth Simulator

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High-resolution simulations of the atmospheric and oceanic general circulations on the Earth Simulator are briefly introduced to a wider research and educational community. Some early results have been published and are reviewed in this article. The high-resolution simulations may have more information in certain aspects than observations while the simulations need to be validated. On the other hand, high-resolution observations in which uncertainties are unavoidable are now available. Possible close collaboration between observational and simulation research is proposed.

Earth Simulator Center, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan

Frontier Research Center for Global Change, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, Yokohama, Kanagawa, and Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of Tokyo, Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan

CORRESPONDING AUTHOR: Wataru Ohfuchi, Earth Simulator Center, Japan Agency for Marine–Earth Science and Technology, 3173-25 Showa-Machi, Kanazawa-Ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa 236-0001, Japan E-mail: ohfuchi@jamstec.go.jp

High-resolution simulations of the atmospheric and oceanic general circulations on the Earth Simulator are briefly introduced to a wider research and educational community. Some early results have been published and are reviewed in this article. The high-resolution simulations may have more information in certain aspects than observations while the simulations need to be validated. On the other hand, high-resolution observations in which uncertainties are unavoidable are now available. Possible close collaboration between observational and simulation research is proposed.

Earth Simulator Center, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan

Frontier Research Center for Global Change, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, Yokohama, Kanagawa, and Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of Tokyo, Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan

CORRESPONDING AUTHOR: Wataru Ohfuchi, Earth Simulator Center, Japan Agency for Marine–Earth Science and Technology, 3173-25 Showa-Machi, Kanazawa-Ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa 236-0001, Japan E-mail: ohfuchi@jamstec.go.jp
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