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Current GEOS-Chem Chemistry Projects (please add yours!)

User Group Description Contact Person Date Added
NASA LARC Scheme for higher PN production from aromatics, MEK, monoterpenes, glycolaldehyde, and 1,3-butadiene Katherine R. Travis 19 Sep 2023

Columbia University Automated model reduction isoprene oxidation mechanism Benjamin Yang

Dan Westervelt

12 Sep 2023
NOAA CSL JPL Kinetic Review Update/C-N balance/stoichiometry update Kelvin Bates 01 Jul 2023
University of York Nitrate Photolysis Mat Evans

Matthew Rowlinson

08 Jun 2022
University of York Halogen reverse reactions Mat Evans

Hansen Cao

01 Jun 2022
University of York Chlorine chemistry Mat Evans

Amy Lees

01 Oct 2022
Harvard University and
Further development of The Kinetic PreProcessor (KPP) Bob Yantosca (GCST) 03 Jun 2022
Harvard University Adding an adaptive solver capability into KPP Haipeng Lin 03 Jun 2022
GCST Migrating the Hg chemistry mechanism to KPP Bob Yantosca (GCST) 03 Jun 2022
GCST Adding a CO-CO2-CH4-OCS chemistry mechanism with KPP Bob Yantosca (GCST) 03 Jun 2022
U Montana Formic acid and acetic acid formation in fire smoke Wade Permar
Lu Hu
21 May 2022
U Montana Furans chemistry in MCM and in GEOS-Chem Lixu Jin
Lu Hu
21 May 2022
U Wollongong Evaluation of aromatic oxidation products using new observational constraints Stephen MacFarlane 9 June 2022
UNSW, Sydney Contribution of the unexplored photochemistry of aldehydes to the tropospheric levels of hydrogen Maria Paula Perez-Pena 25 June 2021
University of California, Riverside Updates to DMS oxidation scheme William Porter 26 August 2020
Harvard University Overhaul of cloud pH code including: use of Newton's method and addition of crustal cations and organic acids Viral Shah
Jonathan Moch
5 May 2019
U Alaska Fairbanks Monoterpene oxidation and its impact on SOA formation Yiqi Zheng
Jingqiu Mao
21 April 2019
MIT Simulating the global reactive carbon budget Sarah Safieddine 12 April 2017
FSU Stratosphere-troposphere coupling, improvements to UCX & H2 chemistry Chris Holmes May 2017
FSU Methane and methyl chloroform lifetimes Chris Holmes May 2017
FSU Arctic halogen & ozone chemistry Chris Holmes May 2017

Current GEOS-Chem Chemistry Issues (please add yours!)

Working group telecom on the 13/3/2019

There was a telecon to discuss issues with the chemistry. The notes from the meeting are here Media:Chemistry_WG_March_2019..pdf . Mat Evans

Carbon balance

Script for evaluating carbon balance

Barron Henderson wrote:

[I created] an evaluation script to preserve balances going forward as the mechanism evolves (e.g., as isoprene gets updated).

Currently, this done using an off-line script described in a linked note. The approach is pretty straight-forward, but could be expanded to check conservation of functional groups as suggested by Mat.

Longer term, the same technique would ideally be built-in to the standard KPP as an optional report. I discussed it with Michael Long and we both think that KPP has most of the capability for atom conservation (if not all). It may simply be a matter of defining the chemical formulas in the *.spc file.

--Melissa Sulprizio (talk) 21:06, 22 May 2017 (UTC)

Fixes for carbon creating reactions

This update was included in v11-02c and approved on 21 Sep 2017.

Sarah Safieddine wrote:

Colette, Barron, Mat and myself modified 13 previous "carbon creating" reactions to preserve carbon. The [table below] lists all the corrections for the reactions in globchem.dat V902 that we corrected, with all the details.
Reaction # in globchem.dat v9-02 Unbalanced Reaction Rate constant Issue
(R=Reactants, P=Products)
Fix and corrected reaction (in green)
453 R4O2 + NO → NO2 + 0.32ACET + 0.19MEK + 0.18MO2 + 0.27HO2 + 0.32ALD2 + 0.13RCHO + 0.05A3O2 + 0.18B3O2 + 0.32ETO2 K* (1-YN) where YN is returned from fyrno3.f; K=2.7E-12 exp(350/T) (Xcarbn=4.5) Creates carbon: R=4C P=4.26C Replace 0.18B3O2 by 0.093B3O2 to achieve carbon closure (as suggested by Barron).

R4O2 + NO → NO2 + 0.32ACET + 0.19MEK + 0.18MO2 + 0.27HO2 + 0.32ALD2 + 0.13RCHO + 0.05A3O2 + 0.093B3O2 + 0.32ETO2
Use Barron's fix to correct ALK4 lumping issue instead.

453 R4N1 + NO → 2NO2 + 0.39CH2O + 0.75ALD2 + 0.57RCHO + 0.3R4O2 2.7E-12 exp(350/T) Creates carbon: R=4C, P=4.8C Fix, as suggested by Matt:

R4N1 + NO → 2NO2 + 0.570RCHO + 0.86ALD2 + 0.57CH2O

453 ATO2 + NO → 0.96NO2 + 0.96CH2O + 0.96MCO3 + 0.04R4N2 2.8E-12 exp(300/T) Creates carbon: R=3C, P=3.04 Fix as suggested by Mat: ditch the R4N2 channel

ATO2 + NO → NO2 + CH2O + MCO3

803 RIO2 → 2HO2 + CH2O + 0.5MGLY + 0.5GLYC + 0.5GLYX + 0.5GLYX + 0.5HAC + OH 4.07E+08 exp(-7694/T) Creates carbon: R=5C, P=7C
There was a fix proposed on the isoprene scheme wiki page but still not enough
Fix as suggested by Sarah: remove CH2O

RIO2 → 2HO2 + 0.5MGLY + 0.5GLYC + 0.5GLYX + 0.5HAC + OH
This reaction was replaced with RIO2 → 0.5HPALD + 0.5DHPCARP in the isoprene chemistry updates added in v11-02c

453 ISNOOB + NO3 → R4N2 + GLYX + 2NO2 2.3E-12 Creates carbon: R=5C, P=6C Fix as suggested by Barron: Replace R4N2 by PROPNN

This reaction was replaced with ISNOOB + NO3 → 0.94PROPNN + GLYX + 2NO2 + 0.04ISN1OG in the isoprene chemistry updates added in v11-02c

453 ISNOOB+NO → 0.94R4N2 +0.94GLYX +1.88NO2 2.6E-12 exp(380/T) Creates carbon: R=5C, P=5.64C Same as above

ISNOOB + NO → 0.06R4N2 + '0.94PROPNN' + 0.94GLYX + 1.88NO2
This reaction was replaced with ISNOOB + NO → 0.9PROPNN + 0.94GLYX + 1.88NO2 + 0.04ISN1OG in the isoprene chemistry updates added in v11-02c

453 ISNOHOO + NO → 0.934R4N2 + 0.934HO2 + 0.919GLYX 2.6E-12 exp(380/T) Creates carbon: R=5C, P=5.574C Fix by Barron:

ISNOHOO + NO → 0.081R4N2 + 0.919PROPNN + 0.934HO2 + 0.919GLYX
This reaction was replaced with ISNOHOO + NO3 → 0.894PROPNN + 0.934HO2 + 0.919GLYX + 0.4ISN1OG in the isoprene chemistry updates added in v11-02c

472 MAN2 + HO2 → 0.075PROPNN + 0.075CO + 0.075HO2 + 0.075MGLY + 0.075CH2O + 0.075NO2 + 0.15OH + 0.85ISNP 2.91E-13*exp(1300/T)[1-exp(-0.245*n)],n=4 Creates carbon: R=4C, P=4.85C Fix by both Mat and Barron: Replace ISNP with 0.85MAOP + 0.85NO2

MAN2 + HO2 → 0.075PROPNN + 0.075CO + 0.075HO2 + 0.075MGLY + 0.075CH2O + 0.075NO2 + 0.15OH + 0.85MAOP + 0.85NO2

719 ATO2 + MCO3 → MEK + ACTA 1.87E-13 exp(500/T) Creates carbon: R=5C, P=6C From the WIKI: replace MEK with MGLY


817 Br + ALD2 → HBr + MCO3 + CO 1.3E-11 exp(-360/T) Creates carbon: R=2C, P=3C Remove CO Following Parrella et al., Table 2a, reactions R7 to R10 (also for the 3 reactions below)

Br + ALD2 → HBr + MCO3

818 Br + ACET → HBr + ATO2 + CO 1.66E-10exp(-7000/T) Creates carbon: R=3C, P=4C Remove CO, same as above

Br + ACET → HBr + ATO2

819 Br + C2H6 → HBr + ETO2 + CO 2.36E-10 exp(-6411/T) Creates carbon: R=2C, P=3C Remove CO, same as above

Br + C2H6 → HBr + ETO2

820 Br + C3H8 → HBr + A3O2 + CO 8.77E-11 exp(-4330/T) Creates carbon: R=3C, P=4C Remove CO, same as above

Br + C3H8 → HBr + A3O2

--Melissa Sulprizio (talk) 19:59, 27 July 2017 (UTC)

Identification of carbon leaking reactions

Sarah Safieddine wrote:

76 other reactions leaked carbon, we enforced carbon conservation by tracking the lost carbon as CO2 (labeled as {CO2} in the document ROC_SI.docx, Table 2). This is the supplementary material for Safieddine, Heald and Henderson, 2017. It contains the corrections for both the carbon leaking and carbon creating reactions and all other information. The paper for reference can be found here:

--Melissa Sulprizio (talk) 21:06, 22 May 2017 (UTC)

Fixes to correct ALK4 lumping issue

These fixes were included in v11-02a and approved on 12 May 2017.

Barron Henderson wrote:

I have a lumping-related issue that I know some of you are already aware of. There is a chemical carbon source (and secondary ETO2 source).

Right now, ALK4 (via R4O2) produces 4.26 moles carbon products per reaction. The ALK4 representation can be traced back to a paper by Frederick Lurmann. That paper refers to a report that I have been unable to obtain. In fact, Frederick Lurmann no longer has a copy. When we spoke, however, he confirmed my suspicion that ALK4 is based on a 70% butane and 30% pentane mixture. Our 4.26 carbon product appears to be based on two differences (typos?) from the paper that alter the yields.

If ALK4 emissions are introduced using a 4C assumption, then ALK4 chemistry is acting as a 7% carbon source. From a ozone reactivity standpoint, this is not a major issue. First, the speciation of VOC is highly uncertain and most of the atmosphere is NOx-limited. Even so, it represents another reason to revisit our lumped species.

I have extensive notes on what I interpret as happening. To the best of my knowledge, we need to make three modifications to R4O2 + NO. The first two are to make R4O2 correctly linked to Lurmann and the third is to correctly connect the mass emissions with the molar conservation.

  1. Increase MO2 stoichiometry from 0.18 to 0.19
  2. Increase RCHO stoichiometry from 0.13 to 0.14 (or A3O2 from 0.05 to 0.06 -- it is not clear to me when this was introduced).
  3. Modify the carbon count for ALK4 (i.e. the MolecRatio field in the GEOS-Chem species database) from 4 to 4.3.
Fixes 1 and 2—which can be applied to the KPP globchem.eqn file—will make the carbon conservation consistent with Lurmann's. Right now, it looks like there were a couple changes that could have been inadvertent (i.e., 0.18 instead of 0.19). If there was a reason for these changes, I have been unable to find it.

--Bob Yantosca (talk) 20:21, 31 January 2017 (UTC)

JPL Released 18th Rate Coefficient Evaluation

This update was included in v11-02a and approved on 12 May 2017.

JPL has released its 18th evaluation of chemical rate coefficients for atmospheric studies (Burkholder et al., 2015)." A new page (Updates in JPL Publication 15-10) is being created to compare rates between GEOS-Chem v10 and JPL Publication 15-10.

J. B. Burkholder, S. P. Sander, J. Abbatt, J. R. Barker, R. E. Huie, C. E. Kolb, M. J. Kurylo, V. L. Orkin, D. M. Wilmouth, and P. H. Wine "Chemical Kinetics and Photochemical Data for Use in Atmospheric Studies, Evaluation No. 18," JPL Publication 15-10, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, 2015

---B. Henderson 2016-05-03 15:25 (EDT)

Working Group Tele-con on the 2nd December 2011

ChemTelecon20111202 Mat Evans

Isoprene chemistry

I've created a page with some of the recent literature on isoprene chemistry. Please add more papers as they come along! ( MJE Leeds)

HO2 + CH2O

Scheme does not contain the HO2 + CH2O --> Adduct reaction (MJE Leeds)

Hermans, I., et al. (2005), Kinetics of alpha-hydroxy-alkylperoxyl radicals in oxidation processes. HO2 center dot-initiated oxidation of ketones/aldehydes near the tropopause, Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 109(19), 4303-4311.

According to this paper, this reaction is significant when Temperature is below 220K.

--J Mao. 15:00, 10 Aug 2009 (EDT)

Previous issues that have now been resolved

Centralizing chemistry time step

This update was tested in the 1-month benchmark simulation v9-01-02q and approved on 18 Oct 2011.

Please see the full discussion on the Centralized chemistry time step wiki page.

--Bob Y. 16:01, 4 November 2011 (EDT)

Acetone photolysis

This discussion has been moved to our FAST-J photolysis mechanism wiki page.

--Bob Y. 15:20, 20 May 2014 (EDT)



--Bob Y. 15:41, 27 October 2009 (EDT)