We acknowledge the modeling groups for providing their data for analysis, the Program for Climate Model Diagnosis and Intercomparison (PCMDI) for collecting and archiving the model output, and the JSC/CLIVAR Working Group on Coupled Modelling (WGCM) for organizing the model data analysis activity. The multimodel data archive is supported by the Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy. The work was partly supported by the European Union in the ENSEMBLES project (Contract GOCE-CT-2003-505593-ENSEMBLES) and by the German research ministry Grant “Collaborative Climate Computing Grid (C3-Grid)” under Grant 01AK801E. Computations were carried out at the Centre for applied informatics (ZAIK) of the University of Cologne. We thank two anonymous reviewers for their comments, which helped to improve the paper.
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