VACS African Climate Atlas - CMIP5 Model Data Analysis Tool (TEST PHASE)

Experiment vs Variable and Model vs Ensemble Select the experiment and variable. Hover over experiment and variable name for mor details.

Variable Variable AMIP Historical Historical Natural RCP2.6 RCP4.5 RCP8.5
cl Cloud Area Fraction
drydust Dry Deposition Rate of Dust
emidust Total Emission Rate of Dust
evspsbl Evaporation
evspsblsoi Water Evaporation from Soil
hfls Surface Upward Latent Heat Flux
hfss Surface Upward Sensible Heat Flux
hur Relative Humidity
hurs Near-Surface Relative Humidity
hus Specific Humidity
huss Near-Surface Specific Humidity
loaddust Load of Dust
mrsos Moisture in Upper Portion of Soil Column
pr Precipitation
prw Water Vapor Path
psl Sea Level Pressure
rlds Surface Downwelling Longwave Radiation
rlus Surface Upwelling Longwave Radiation
rlut TOA Outgoing Longwave Radiation
rsds Surface Downwelling Shortwave Radiation
rsus Surface Upwelling Shortwave Radiation
rsut TOA Outgoing Shortwave Radiation
sconcdust Surface Concentration of Dust
sfcWind Near-Surface Wind Speed
sic Sea Ice Area Fraction
ta Air Temperature
tas Near-Surface Air Temperature
tasmax Daily Maximum Near-Surface Air Temperature
tasmin Daily Minimum Near-Surface Air Temperature
tos Sea Surface Temperature
tran Transpiration
ts Surface (skin) Temperature
ua Eastward Wind
uas Eastward Near-Surface Wind
va Northward Wind
vas Northward Near-Surface Wind
wap omega (=dp/dt)
wetdust Wet Deposition Rate of Dust
zg Geopotential Height

Select the model and ensemble member. Use table headers to select columns and rows.

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Vertical Level Select a pressure level for 3D fields or surface for 2D fields. Note that pressure levels differ between models.

Level hPa
Time Period Historical runs end in 2005, RCP runs start at 2006.
For seasons that span a year (e.g. DJF), please enter year of the LAST month.

From to
Month/Season Month
Period from to
Plot Absolute value
Anomaly with respect to the reference climatology for to

Multi Ensemble/Model Options
Standard Deviation

Remapping interpolation method and size of regular global grid to be used if more than one model was selected.


Plot Type Show time average as for selected domain

Show time series for for selected domain

If zonal/meridional mean time average or timeseries then also show model/ensemble range as
No Range
Standard Deviation
5th/95th Percentile
Spatial Domain Choose a domain or enter lowest and highest Latitude (-90 to 90) and Longitude (-180 to 180).
Lowest Latitude Highest Latitude
Lowest Longitude Highest Longitude
Plot and Color Bar Options
Plot Type Filled Contours Coloured Isolines Black Isolines Blocks
Contour Levels Min Max Intervals N Decimals 1
Colour Map 2 Reverse Colour Map
Colour Bar Right Below No Colour Bar
Colour Bar Options Lower Open End Upper Open End

1 Number of decimals used in line contour plot labels. Leave empty for auto mode.
2 Check for the associated colour maps here.
Map Plot Options
Map Features Countries States Rivers
Borders/Coastline Resolution Low Intermediate High Full
Spacing Parallels Meridians
Map Projection lat_0 3 lon_0 3

3 The lat/lon value of the center of the map projection region is required for Transverse Mercator, Cassini and Polyconic projections. For other projections these values are ignored.
Timeseries Plot Options
Range of Time Axis Begin Year End Year
Range of Variable Axis Min Max
Anomaly Plot Zero Line
Global Plot Options
Grid Lines None Parallels/Horizontal Meridians/Vertical Both
Unit Conversion K → C P → hPa kg m-2 s-1 → mm day-1
Page Format Landscape Portrait