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Title: A new Geoengineering Model Intercomparison Project (GeoMIP) experiment designed for climate and chemistry models

Abstract

A new Geoengineering Model Intercomparison Project (GeoMIP) experiment "G4 specified stratospheric aerosols" (short name: G4SSA) is proposed to investigate the impact of stratospheric aerosol geoengineering on atmosphere, chemistry, dynamics, climate, and the environment. In contrast to the earlier G4 GeoMIP experiment, which requires an emission of sulfur dioxide (SO₂) into the model, a prescribed aerosol forcing file is provided to the community, to be consistently applied to future model experiments between 2020 and 2100. This stratospheric aerosol distribution, with a total burden of about 2 Tg S has been derived using the ECHAM5-HAM microphysical model, based on a continuous annual tropical emission of 8 Tg SO₂ yr⁻¹. A ramp-up of geoengineering in 2020 and a ramp-down in 2070 over a period of 2 years are included in the distribution, while a background aerosol burden should be used for the last 3 decades of the experiment. The performance of this experiment using climate and chemistry models in a multi-model comparison framework will allow us to better understand the impact of geoengineering and its abrupt termination after 50 years in a changing environment. The zonal and monthly mean stratospheric aerosol input data set is available at https://www2.acd.ucar.edu/gcm/geomip-g4-specified-stratospheric-aerosol-data-set.

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [2];  [2];  [3];  [4];  [1];  [5];  [6]
  1. National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO (United States)
  2. Max Planck Inst. for Meteorology, Hamburg (Germany)
  3. Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick, NJ (United States). Dept. of Environmental Sciences
  4. Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
  5. Univ. L'Aquila (Italy). Dept. of Physical and Chemical Sciences
  6. Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Biological and Environmental Research (BER) (SC-23)
OSTI Identifier:
1184960
Report Number(s):
PNNL-SA-103448
Journal ID: ISSN 1991-9603; 600305000
Grant/Contract Number:
AC05-76RL01830
Resource Type:
Journal Article: Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Geoscientific Model Development (Online)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: Geoscientific Model Development (Online); Journal Volume: 8; Journal Issue: 1; Journal ID: ISSN 1991-9603
Publisher:
European Geosciences Union
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
58 GEOSCIENCES; geoengineering model; climate; model; stratospheric aerosol distribution

Citation Formats

Tilmes, S., Mills, Mike, Niemeier, Ulrike, Schmidt, Hauke, Robock, Alan, Kravitz, Benjamin S., Lamarque, J. F., Pitari, G., and English, J. M. A new Geoengineering Model Intercomparison Project (GeoMIP) experiment designed for climate and chemistry models. United States: N. p., 2015. Web. doi:10.5194/gmd-8-43-2015.
Tilmes, S., Mills, Mike, Niemeier, Ulrike, Schmidt, Hauke, Robock, Alan, Kravitz, Benjamin S., Lamarque, J. F., Pitari, G., & English, J. M. A new Geoengineering Model Intercomparison Project (GeoMIP) experiment designed for climate and chemistry models. United States. doi:10.5194/gmd-8-43-2015.
Tilmes, S., Mills, Mike, Niemeier, Ulrike, Schmidt, Hauke, Robock, Alan, Kravitz, Benjamin S., Lamarque, J. F., Pitari, G., and English, J. M. Thu . "A new Geoengineering Model Intercomparison Project (GeoMIP) experiment designed for climate and chemistry models". United States. doi:10.5194/gmd-8-43-2015. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1184960.
@article{osti_1184960,
title = {A new Geoengineering Model Intercomparison Project (GeoMIP) experiment designed for climate and chemistry models},
author = {Tilmes, S. and Mills, Mike and Niemeier, Ulrike and Schmidt, Hauke and Robock, Alan and Kravitz, Benjamin S. and Lamarque, J. F. and Pitari, G. and English, J. M.},
abstractNote = {A new Geoengineering Model Intercomparison Project (GeoMIP) experiment "G4 specified stratospheric aerosols" (short name: G4SSA) is proposed to investigate the impact of stratospheric aerosol geoengineering on atmosphere, chemistry, dynamics, climate, and the environment. In contrast to the earlier G4 GeoMIP experiment, which requires an emission of sulfur dioxide (SO₂) into the model, a prescribed aerosol forcing file is provided to the community, to be consistently applied to future model experiments between 2020 and 2100. This stratospheric aerosol distribution, with a total burden of about 2 Tg S has been derived using the ECHAM5-HAM microphysical model, based on a continuous annual tropical emission of 8 Tg SO₂ yr⁻¹. A ramp-up of geoengineering in 2020 and a ramp-down in 2070 over a period of 2 years are included in the distribution, while a background aerosol burden should be used for the last 3 decades of the experiment. The performance of this experiment using climate and chemistry models in a multi-model comparison framework will allow us to better understand the impact of geoengineering and its abrupt termination after 50 years in a changing environment. The zonal and monthly mean stratospheric aerosol input data set is available at https://www2.acd.ucar.edu/gcm/geomip-g4-specified-stratospheric-aerosol-data-set.},
doi = {10.5194/gmd-8-43-2015},
journal = {Geoscientific Model Development (Online)},
number = 1,
volume = 8,
place = {United States},
year = {Thu Jan 15 00:00:00 EST 2015},
month = {Thu Jan 15 00:00:00 EST 2015}
}

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