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Climate Models and their Limitations (Precipitation)

Click on the links below to access reviews of the scientific literature on this topic that have been published since the 2009 NIPCC report.

The Modeling of Low-Frequency Rainfall Variability (6 August 2014)
Simulations of Mediterranean and Northern Africa Precipitation (5 August 2014)
Modeling the Global Water Cycle (2 July 2014)
Modelling Drought Throughout the World (1 July 2014)
Searching for Megadroughts in CMIP5 Climate Models (25 June 2014)
Modeling Rainfall Over Burkina Faso (28 May 2014)
CMIP5 Simulations of 20th-Century Pacific Northwest USA Climate (6 May 2014)
Indian Ocean Dipole and ENSO Teleconnections in CMIP5 Models (15 April 2014)
Autumn Precipitation Trends in Southern Hemisphere Midlatitudes (8 April 2014)
The Sad State of Sub-Daily Precipitation in CMIP5 Climate Models (26 March 2014)
Modelling the Atlantic Multi-decadal Oscillation of the 20th-Century (19 March 2014)
CMIP3 & CMIP5 Models Characterizing Amazonian Precipitation (5 March 2014)
Errant CMIP5 Modelling of South American Tropical Precipitation (25 February 2014)
Modeling Southern Hemisphere Mid-latitude Precipitation Trends (29 January 2014)
The "Best Available Tools" for Predicting Climate Change (22 January 2014)
Northeast Monsoon Rainfall Over South Peninsular India (8 January 2014)
Predicting Precipitation Extremes via CMIP5 Climate Models (7 January 2014)
Projecting Global Changes in Precipitation Extremes (11 December 2013)
Creating Global Climate Models for Agricultural Impact Research (10 December 2013)
How Close is Modeled Precipitation to Measured Precipitation? (19 November 2013)
ENSO Teleconnections in CMIP Models Simulating Precipitation (13 November 2013)
CMIP5 Backward Projections of Temperature and Precipitation (15 October 2013)
24 CMIP5 Global Climate Models Applied to the Tibetan Plateau (25 September 2013)
Modeling Temperature, Sea Level Pressure and Precipitation: CMIP5 vs. CMIP3 (24 September 2013)
CMIP5 Modeling of Extreme Precipitation in Europe (17 September 2013)
Global Climate Model Simulations of Southern South America (13 August 2013)
Modeling Multi-Scale Precipitation Variability in the Southwest US (6 August 2013)
Northern Hemisphere Land Snow Cover: Simulations vs. Reality (30 July 2013)
Tropical Precipitation Extremes: How Well Are They Modeled? (23 July 2013)
Modeling Extreme Precipitation in the Tropics (10 July 2013)
Climate Models: Still Struggling to "Get It Right" (3 July 2013)
PMIP2 Characterizations of the Mid-Holocene African Monsoon (3 July 2013)
Storm-Track Activity: Modeled vs. Measured (11 June 2013)
Modeling Precipitation Over the Mediterranean Region (29 May 2013)
Predicting Decadal to Multi-Decadal Variability in Precipitation (2 April 2013)
CMIP3 Models Simulating Temperature and Precipitation in China (26 March 2013)
Simulated Climate Change Impacts on Streamflow in Vietnam's Be River Catchment (26 March 2013)
Mediterranean Precipitation Simulated by CMIP5 Climate Models (12 March 2013)
With a Hint and a Nudge, Climate Model Downscaling Can be Improved (17 October 2012)
The Weather Research and Forecasting Model: Turning a Weather Model into a Climate Model (16 October 2012)
Simulations of Seasonal Snow in the Upper Colorado River Basin (19 September 2012)
Do Regional Climate Models Realistically Represent Precipitation? (28 August 2012)
Will Storminess Increase in a Warmer World: Models Can't Clear the Skies (7 August 2012)
Regional Climate Models: How Well Do They Work? (7 August 2012)
More Intense Precipitation Extremes: Are They Linked to Human Activity? (24 April 2012)
Extreme Rainfall Events Throughout the Himalayas (24 April 2012)
Water-Year Runoff of the Conterminous United States: 1900-2008 (10 April 2012)
Snowfall Regimes within the Italian Alps (24 January 2012)
State-of-the-Art Climate Models and Extreme Meteorological Events and Consequences (2 August 2011)
Precipitation Extremes Along North America's West Coast (22 June 2011)
The Climatic Impacts of Precipitating Ice and Snow (27 April 2011)
Regional Climate Change: How Well to the IPCC Models Really Perform? (20 April 2011)
The Importance of the Oceans and Topography in Climate Simulations (19 April 2011)
Simulating 21st-Century Precipitation (23 February 2011)
Climate Model Problems: Clouds and Precipitation (16 February 2011)
Temperature and Precipitation Extremes: Models vs. Reality (15 February 2011)
Climate Models Fail to Match Observed Historical Data (25 January 2011)
Precipitation: Models vs. Reality (25 January 2011)
Regional Climate Models Differ in Extreme Precipitation Event Forecasts (26 August 2010)