Chapter 5. Coupled Climate System Models

  1. Kendal McGuffie1 and
  2. Ann Henderson-Sellers2

Published Online: 30 JUN 2005

DOI: 10.1002/0470857617.ch5

A Climate Modelling Primer, Third Edition

A Climate Modelling Primer, Third Edition

How to Cite

McGuffie, K. and Henderson-Sellers, A. (2005) Coupled Climate System Models, in A Climate Modelling Primer, Third Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/0470857617.ch5

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

  2. 2

    ANSTO Environment, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JUN 2005
  2. Published Print: 14 JAN 2005

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470857502

Online ISBN: 9780470857618



  • European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting (ECMWF);
  • geodesic grid;
  • Atmospheric Model Intercomparison Project (AMIP);
  • Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MODIS);
  • marine stratocumulus;
  • mass flux;
  • Permafrost;
  • cavitating fluid;
  • Atmosphere–Ocean–Biosphere GCM (AOBGCM)


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Three-dimensional models of the climate system

  • Modelling the atmosphere

  • Modelling the ocean

  • Modelling the cryosphere

  • Modelling the land surface

  • Atmospheric chemistry

  • Coupling models: towards the predictive Earth system model

  • Earth system and climate models

  • Recommended reading