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6ka Experimental Design

Boundary conditions

Summary of 6ka boundary conditions

Orbital parameters [ ecc = 0.018682 ] - [ obl = 24.105° ] - [ peri-180° = 0.87° ]
Date of vernal equinox March 21 at noon
Trace gases [ CO2 = 280 ppm ] - [ CH4 = 650 ppb ] - [ N2O = 270 ppb ] - [ CFC = 0 ] - [ O3 = same as in CMIP5 PI ]
Aerosols Same as in CMIP5 PI
Solar constant Same as in CMIP5 PI
Vegetation prescribed or interactive as in CMIP5 PI
Ice sheets Same as in CMIP5 PI *
Topography and coastlines Same as in CMIP5 PI *

* Sensitivity experiments will be proposed as part of a working group to test the uncertainties due to the remnant ice-sheet. If you are interested to participate to this working group contact Pascale Braconnot


The vegetation should be treated as in the CMIP5 PI experiment. The reason is that in CMIP5 we test the version of the model used for future climate projections. Since OA and ESM models will be considered, depending on the model used the vegetation will be

  • prescribed to PI (which means both vegetation types and LAI are prescribed )
  • Prescribed to PI with interactive LAI (models with interactive carbone cycle, but no vegetation dynamics)
  • Computed by the model (models with dynamic vegetation)

A 6ka reconstructed vegetation map from a combination of model outputs and data analyses will be provided for sensitivity experiments. If you are interested please contact Bette Otto-Bliesner, Sandy Harrison and Pat Bartlein who will lead the corresponding working group.

For Earth System Models with interactive carbone cycle

The simulations are forced by CO2 concentrations. Please use the same protocol as in CMIP5 to store the carbone fluxes and the variables needed for PCMIP (see list here)


Note that insolation should follows PMIP requirements. Please check it carefully using the following tables (6ka BP insolation tables)

Initial conditions

PMIP3 Alternative solution
Initial conditions Branch off PI after adjustement Same as in PI
Model spin up Same as in PI

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