Examples of Grids in Climate Models

Cubed Sphere Grid

Used in the  HOMME model which is now an optional dynamical core in CAM.

Geodesic grid (Icosahedral-hexagons)

Used in the CSU  GCRM

Spherical Centroidal Voronoi Tessellation

Used in the experimental MPAS dynamical core.

Example showing Selective Mesh Refinement Based on Terrain Height

Picture by Michael Duda, MMM, NCAR

Yin Yang Grid

Used in the Japanese global atmosphere model.