U.S. Geological Survey
Pliocene Model Intercomparison Project, Phase 2
Participants at PlioMip2 meeting in Leeds, UK
The Pliocene Model Intercomparison Project (PlioMIP) is a co-ordinated international climate modelling initiative to study and understand climate and environments of the Late Pliocene, and their potential relevance in the context of future climate change. PlioMIP operates under the umbrella of the Palaeoclimate Modelling Intercomparison Project (PMIP), which examines multiple intervals in Earth history, the consistency of model predictions in simulating these intervals and their ability to reproduce geological climate archives.
The PlioMIP project was initiated in 2008 and is closely aligned with the US Geological Survey Initiative known as PRISM (Pliocene Research Interpretation and Synoptic Mapping), which has for more than 20 years focused on the reconstruction and understanding of mid-Pliocene climate (~3.3 to 3 million years ago), as well as the production of boundary condition data sets suitable for use with numerical climate model simulations.