Climate Dynamics

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 195–212

Climate simulations with the global coupled atmosphere-ocean model ECHAM2/OPYC Part I: present-day climate and ENSO events

  • Frank Lunkeit
  • Robert Sausen
  • Josef M. Oberhuber

DOI: 10.1007/BF00211618

Cite this article as:
Lunkeit, F., Sausen, R. & Oberhuber, J.M. Climate Dynamics (1996) 12: 195. doi:10.1007/BF00211618


In this study the global coupled atmosphere-ocean general circulation model ECHAM2/OPYC and its performance in simulating the present-day climate is presented. The model consists of the T21-spectral atmosphere general circulation model ECHAM2 and the ocean general circulation model OPYC with a resolution corresponding to a T42 Gaussian grid, with increasing resolution towards the equator. The sea-ice is represented by a dynamic thermodynamic sea-ice model with rheology. Both models are coupled using the flux correction technique. With the coupled model ECHAM2/OPYC a 210-year integration under present-day greenhouse gas conditions has been performed. The coupled model simulates a realistic mean climate state, which is close to the observations. The model generates several ENSO events without external forcing. Using traditional and advanced (POP-technique) methods these ENSO events have been analyzed. The results are consistent with the “delayed action oscillator” theory. The model simulates both a tropical and an extra-tropical response to ENSO, which are in good agreement with observations.

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© Springer-Verlag 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Frank Lunkeit
    • 1
  • Robert Sausen
    • 2
  • Josef M. Oberhuber
    • 3
  1. 1.Meteorologisches Institut der Universität HamburgHamburgGermany
  2. 2.Deutsche Forschungsanstalt für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)Institut für Physik der AtmosphäreWeßlingGermany
  3. 3.Deutsches Klimarechenzentrum (DKRZ)HamburgGermany

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