Model Diagnostics Task Force (MDTF)
Diagnostic Package

The MDTF diagnostic package is portable, extensible, usable, and open for contribution from the community. A goal is to allow diagnostics to be repeatable inside, or outside, of modeling center workflows. These are diagnostics focused on model improvement, and as such a slightly different focus from other efforts. The code runs on CESM model output, as well as on GFDL and CF-compliant model output.

The MDTF Diagnostic Framework consists of multiple modules, each of which is developed by an individual research group or user. Modules are independent of each other, each module:

  1. Produces its own html file (webpage) as the final product
  2. Consists of a set of process-oriented diagnostics
  3. Produces a figures or multiple figures that can be displayed by the html in a browser

Diagnostics in Package

Follow the links in the table below to view sample output, including a brief description and a link to the full documentation for each diagnostic.

Diagnostic Contributor
Convective Transition Diagnostics J. David Neelin (UCLA)
MJO Teleconnections Eric Maloney (CSU)
Extratropical Variance (EOF 500hPa Height) CESM/AMWG (NCAR)
Wavenumber-Frequency Spectra CESM/AMWG (NCAR)
MJO Spectra and Phasing CESM/AMWG (NCAR)
Diurnal Cycle of Precipitation Rich Neale (NCAR)
MJO Propagation and Amplitude (example with GFDL CM2 data) Xianan Jiang, UCLA
AMOC 3D structure (implementation in progress, example with GFDL CM2 model data) Xiaobiao Xu (FSU/COAPS)
ENSO Moist Static Energy budget (implementation in progress, example with CCSM4 data) Hariharasubramanian Annamalai, U. Hawaii
Warm Rain Microphysics (implementation in progress) Kentaroh Suzuki (AORI, U. Tokyo)

Sample Output Webpage

Latest complete package on a CESM-CAM run

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