EGU24-8565, updated on 08 Apr 2024
EGU General Assembly 2024
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Oral | Tuesday, 16 Apr, 11:25–11:35 (CEST)
Room 0.49/50

Ocean Eddy-rich Climate Simulation with IFS-FESOM

Rohit Ghosh1, Suvarchal K Cheedela1, Nikolay Koldunov1, Amal John1, Jan Streffing1, Vasco Müller1, Sebastian Beyer1, Thomas Rackow1,2, Dmitry Sidorenko1, Sergey Danilov1, and Thomas Jung1
Rohit Ghosh et al.
  • 1Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven, Germany (
  • 2European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecast, Bonn, Germany

Efforts to enhance climate model simulations by achieving higher resolutions to explicitly capture sub-grid scale processes constitute a central objective in contemporary climate modeling. In this pursuit, our focus is on resolving a pivotal element of the climate system—the ocean meso-scale eddies. At the Alfred-Wegener-Institute, we are working towards this objective by employing the ocean-sea ice model FESOM at approximately 5km horizontal resolution (NG5), coupled with the atmospheric model IFS at a 9km horizontal resolution (tco1279).

This presentation showcases preliminary results from the control simulations of IFS-FESOM under 1950 radiative conditions. Furthermore, we provide an initial glimpse into results from a historical simulation starting in 1950 with the same model configuration. Our analysis illuminates how ocean eddy-rich regions are portrayed in our simulations relative to observations. We delineate the changes and improvements in key climate components, encompassing North Atlantic/Southern Ocean temperatures, NAO, atmospheric blocking, midlatitude storm tracks, ENSO, Monsoon, ITCZ, Hadley/Walker Cells, MJO, meridional overturning, gyre circulations, as well as Arctic/Antarctic Sea ice dynamics under such high resolution.

Moreover, we endeavor to demonstrate how regional high-frequency weather and climate processes can be accurately represented in such simulations, including capturing the nature of regional extremes. In essence, our goal is to illustrate how advancing model resolution to resolve ocean eddies contributes to a more comprehensive representation of the climate system.

How to cite: Ghosh, R., Cheedela, S. K., Koldunov, N., John, A., Streffing, J., Müller, V., Beyer, S., Rackow, T., Sidorenko, D., Danilov, S., and Jung, T.: Ocean Eddy-rich Climate Simulation with IFS-FESOM, EGU General Assembly 2024, Vienna, Austria, 14–19 Apr 2024, EGU24-8565,, 2024.