GEOS-Chem model development priorities

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On this page we list the current priorities for GEOS-Chem development. This list is continuously updated based on code readiness and input from the Working Groups and the Steering Committee.

We also invite you to view our GEOS-Chem Support Team project management board on, which shows the current GCST workflow.

Priorities assigned to upcoming GEOS-Chem versions


This version is now under development. Please see the GEOS-Chem 13 wiki page for more details.

Priorities not yet assigned to a particular version

The following items have been identified as priorities for GEOS-Chem, but have not yet been assigned to a particular GEOS-Chem version.

Ready to go in

Feature Submitted by Type Notes
Chemistry updates
Improved wet scavenging (Luo et al., 2020) Gan Luo (Albany)
Fanqun Yu (Albany)
Implement H2 chemistry in UCX Chris Holmes (FSU) Science
Stratospheric HCN chemistry Armin Kleinbohl (JPL)
Debra Weisenstein (Harvard, retired)
  • Delivered to GCST (Jun 2020)
HMS chemistry Jonathan Moch (Harvard) Science
Emissions and surface fluxes updates
Blowing snow emissions of sea salt and bromine Lyatt Jaegle (UW) Science
  • Delivered to GCST (Jun 2020)
Offline CLM Harmonization Anthony Wong (BU)
Jeff Geddes (BU)

--Melissa Sulprizio (talk) 15:01, 24 July 2020 (UTC)

Almost there (< 6 months)

Item Author(s) Type Notes
Provide climatologies for lightning NOx, volcano, and open fire emissions GCST Science
Aromatic VOC chemistry Kelvin Bates (Harvard)
Ke Li (Harvard)
C2H4 and C2H2 chemistry Kelvin Bates (Harvard)
Ke Li (Harvard)
Diagnostic to archive XCO2, XCO, and XCH4 Dylan Jones (Toronto) Science
Provide archived TCR-2 GEOS-Chem OH fields for carbon simulations Kazu Miyazaki (JPL) Science
Evaluate the impact on the tropsophere of using the family approach for transport in the stratosphere Christoph Keller (NASA/GMAO) Science
Extend UCX into the mesosphere Sebastian Eastham (MIT)
Eric Fleming (NASA GMAO)
Examine differences in the lightning NOx schemes in GEOS-Chem and GMI Christoph Keller (NASA/GMAO)
Lee Murray (Rochester)
Heterogeneous sulfate production Lin Zhang (PKU)
Becky Alexander (UW)
Yuxuan Wang (U. Houston)
BrC aging Xuan Wang (Harvard)
Melanie Hammer(Dalhousie)
Update of US emissions to NEI16 Barron Henderson (EPA) Science
Updated surface ocean dissolved Hg0 from MITgcm Yanxu Zhang (Nanjing) Science
One-Way Coupling w/ GISS ModelE3 Lee Murray (Rochester)
Eric Leibensperger (SUNY Plattsburgh)
Shared Socioeconomic Pathways Emission Inventories Hong Liao (NUIST) Science

--Melissa Sulprizio (talk) 16:38, 14 May 2019 (UTC)

Over the horizon (6-12 months)

Item Author(s) Type Notes
Update OCS simulation in the standard code Kevin Bowman (JPL) Science
Examine what are the differences in the PSC implementation in GEOS-Chem and GMI and assess the implications of these differences for startospheric ozone Susan Strahan (Goddard)
Sebastian Eastham (MIT)
Rediagnosis of RAS convection in GEOS-Chem Tailong He (Toronto)
Dylan Jones (Toronto)
Andrea Molod (NASA/GMAO)
New schedule for tracer transport benchmarks (FP change, scavenging change, or major release) Andrea Molod (NASA/GMAO) Science
Methylethylketone chemistry Jared Brewer (CSU) Science
Add sulfate dependence to SOA yield from isoprene in simple SOA Eloïse Marais (Leicester) Science
Trace metal simulation Junwei Xu (Dalhousie) Science
Hg gas-phase photo-reduction Colin Thackray (Harvard) Science
Ecophysiology module in GEOS-Chem for biosphere-atmosphere exchange Amos Tai (CUHK) Science
Canopy Physics Model Sam Silva (MIT) Structural
Landcover/Fire Emissions Offline LPJlmfire Loretta Mickley (Harvard) Science

--Melissa Sulprizio (talk) 16:38, 14 May 2019 (UTC)

Longer term (12-24 months)

Item Author(s) Type Notes
Implement isotope simulation for CO and CH4 in GCHP Lee Murray (Rochester) Science
Migrate LETFK DA scheme to GCHP Kazu Miyazaki (JPL) Science
Super fast chemistry scheme Benjamin Brown-Steiner (AER)
Makoto Kelp (Harvard)
Add non-volatile cations to ISORROPIA Becky Alexander (UW) Science
Update Europe emissions to EMEP 2016 Eloise Marais (Leicester) Science
MEGAN3 Sam Silva (MIT)
Jen Kaiser (GIT)
Yuxuan Wang (UH)
DMS oxidation scheme updating Becky Alexander (UW)
Qianjie Chen (UW)
Streamlining of specialty simulations through HEMCO and KPP GCST
Chris Holmes (FSU)
Colin Thackray (Harvard) for Hg
Peter Ivatt (York) for PAH
Beata Bukosa (Wollongong) for joint CO-CO2-CH4
Hg in WRF-GC Yanxu Zhang (Nanjing) Science
Hg with blowing snow Yanxu Xhang (Nanjing) Science
Updated treatment of Hg in ocean Chris Holmes (FSU) Science
GTMM updates Ben Geyman (Harvard) Science
Complex / multicomplex variables Shannon Capps (Drexel) Structural
Archived CMIP6 Met Products for GEOS-Chem Input Lee Murray (Rochester) Science

--Melissa Sulprizio (talk) 16:38, 14 May 2019 (UTC)

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