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Lu Anne Thompson and Young-Oh Kwon

. Models and data CCSM3 is a well-documented state-of-the-art coupled climate model (see the June 2006 issue of the Journal of Climate for a complete analysis of the model construction and performance; Collins et al. 2006 ). Here, we only give a brief introduction of the runs we analyzed. The atmospheric component in the coupled model uses a T85 spectral truncation (equivalent to 1.4° × 1.4° grid spacing) and 26 vertical levels. The radiative forcing is fixed at 1990 levels for anthropogenic

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Young-Oh Kwon, Michael A. Alexander, Nicholas A. Bond, Claude Frankignoul, Hisashi Nakamura, Bo Qiu, and Lu Anne Thompson

response to WBC SSTAs, which is still uncertain. Most of the current coupled climate models have coarse resolution, particularly in the ocean, with many biases; therefore, a detailed assessment of these models is critical for evaluating mechanisms for WBC-related variability. In addition to the atmospheric response to WBC SSTAs, other outstanding issues considered here include 1) the connection between frontal-scale boundary layer ocean–atmosphere interaction and the basin-scale variability, 2

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