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. For history of past releases see the GEOS-Chem Versions wiki page.

Release schedule

Please see the GEOS-Chem Release Proposal outlining the procedure and schedule for releasing GEOS-Chem versions.

Merged and awaiting release

See the links below for items merged and awaiting release.

Patch version in development Minor version in development
- GEOS-Chem 13.4.0

Feature integration in progress

Features listed in this table are actively being integrated into GEOS-Chem by the GEOS-Chem Support Team. In addition, we continuously implement structural updates in the model to maintain and develop coupling with other models including GEOS, CESM, and the model adjoint.

Feature Contributor(s) Model scope Ease of implementation Notes and References
Updated Global Inventory of Methane Emissions from Oil/Gas/Coal (GFEI v2) Tia Scarpelli (U. Edinburgh) Emissions Easy
Anthropogenic Methane Emission Inventory for Canada Tia Scarpelli (U. Edinburgh) Emissions Easy
Use EDGARv6 global anthro emissions for CH4 simulation Melissa Sulprizio (GCST) Emissions Medium
Provide climatologies for open fire emissions Melissa Sulprizio (GCST) Emissions Easy
Climatologies for lightning NOx, biomass burning, and volcanoes Lee Murray (Rochester)
Melissa Sulprizio (GCST)
Emissions Easy
Change State_Chm%Species from 4D to vector of 3D arrays Lizzie Lundgren (GCST) Structural Medium
  • Ongoing
Upgrade Fast-JX to Cloud-J Lizzie Lundgren (GCST) Structural Difficult
Add diagnostic for vertical air movement (vertical mass flux) Liam Bindle (GCST) Transport Easy

Feature integration in the queue

Features listed in this table have been delivered to the GEOS-Chem Support Team and are prioritized to be integrated into GEOS-Chem in the near future.

Feature Contributor(s) Model scope Ease of implementation Notes and References
Adaptive chemical solver (as option) Mike Long (Harvard)
Haipeng Lin (Harvard)
Chemistry Difficult
  • In testing, publication expected in mid-to-late 2022
MEGAN3 Sam Silva (MIT) Emissions Medium
  • DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3614062
  • Sam Silva and GCST will work on updating this to a more recent GEOS-Chem version in the near future
Canopy Physics Model Sam Silva (MIT) Emissions &
Science
Medium
  • DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3614062
  • Sam Silva and GCST will work on updating this to a more recent GEOS-Chem version in the near future
Joint CO2-CO-CH4-OCS simulation Beata Bukosa (NIWA)
Kevin Bowman (JPL)
Specialty simulation Medium


Output satellite diagnostics as NetCDF Eloise Marais (UCL) Diagnostics Easy

Feature integration not yet prioritized

Features listed in this table have been delivered to the GEOS-Chem Support Team but are not yet prioritized for integrating into the model.

Feature Contributor(s) Model scope Ease of implementation Notes and References
Stratospheric adjustment with RRTMG in GEOS-Chem Seb Eastham (MIT) Science Medium
Stratospheric HCN chemistry Armin Kleinbohl (JPL)
Debra Weisenstein (Harvard, retired)
Chemistry Medium
  • Delivered to GCST (Jun 2020)
GC-YIBs biosphere-atmospheric chemistry coupled model Xu Yue (NUIST) Science Easy
Ecophysiology module in GEOS-Chem for biosphere-atmosphere exchange Joey Lam(CUHK)
Amos Tai (CUHK)
Science Easy
Extend UCX into the mesosphere Sebastian Eastham (MIT)
Eric Fleming (NASA GMAO)
Chemistry Easy
Landcover/Fire Emissions Offline LPJlmfire Loretta Mickley (Harvard)
Yang Li (Harvard)
Emissions Easy
  • Data files delivered to GCST (July 2021)

Almost there (< 6 months)

Features listed in this table are in development and will likely be delivered to the GEOS-Chem Support Team within the next 6 months.

Feature Contributor(s) Model scope Notes and References
Implement H2 chemistry in UCX Chris Holmes (FSU) Chemistry
  • Identified as a priority for GC 13, but not yet delivered
New soil NOx parameterization Yi Wang (U. Iowa)
Jun Wang (U. Iowa)
Emissions
Updated offline biogenic emissions Hongjian Weng (PKU) Emissions
  • Identified as a priority for GC 13, but not yet delivered
Updated offline sea salt emissions Hongjian Weng (PKU) Emissions
  • Identified as a priority for GC 13, but not yet delivered
Updated offline soil NOx emissions Hongjian Weng (PKU) Emissions
  • Identified as a priority for GC 13, but not yet delivered
Provide recommended rather than hard-coded scaling factors for online emissions GCST Emissions
  • Identified as a priority for GC 13, but not yet developed
Diagnostic to archive XCO2, XCO, and XCH4 Dylan Jones (Toronto) Diagnostic
Provide archived TCR-2 GEOS-Chem OH fields for carbon simulations Kazu Miyazaki (JPL) Input data
BrC aging Xuan Wang (Harvard)
Melanie Hammer(Dalhousie)
Chemistry
Shared Socioeconomic Pathways Emission Inventories Hong Liao (NUIST) Emissions
Rediagnosis of RAS convection in GEOS-Chem Tailong He (Toronto)
Dylan Jones (Toronto)
Andrea Molod (NASA/GMAO)
Convection
  • Work is finished and a manuscript is in preparation.
Change GCHP advection inputs to use total pressure and mixing ratio rather than dry Sebastian Eastham (MIT)
Liam Bindle (GCST)
Transport
  • Identified as a priority for GC 13, but not yet delivered
  • GCHP only
HTAPv3 emissions (0.1 deg, 2002-2018) Emissions & Deposition WG Emissions
Migrating simple SOA formation from carbon_mod.F90 into the KPP "full-chemistry" mechanism GCST Chemistry
Updated parameterization of aerosol size distribution for bulk aerosol simulations Haihui Zhu (WashU)
Shixian Zhai (Harvard)
Aerosols

Over the horizon (6-12 months)

Features listed in this table are in development and will likely be delivered to the GEOS-Chem Support Team in the 6-12 months timeframe.

Feature Contributor(s) Model scope Notes and References
Methylethylketone chemistry Jared Brewer (CSU) Chemistry
Add sulfate dependence to SOA yield from isoprene in simple SOA Eloise Marais (UCL) Chemistry
GTMM updates Ben Geyman (Harvard) Hg simulation


Integrating GMAO's tracer gridded component in GCHP Christoph Keller (NASA GMAO) Transport Tracer simulation
Streamlining of specialty simulations through HEMCO and KPP GCST Chemistry, Specialty simulations

Longer term (12-24 months)

Features listed in this table are in development and will likely be delivered to the GEOS-Chem Support Team in the 12-24 months timeframe.

Feature Contributor(s) Model scope Notes and References
Implement isotope simulation for CO and CH4 in GCHP Lee Murray (Rochester) Specialty simulation
Migrate LETFK DA scheme to GCHP Kazu Miyazaki (JPL) Structural
Super fast chemistry scheme Benjamin Brown-Steiner (AER)
Makoto Kelp (Harvard)
Chemistry
  • SF mechanism has been implemented and benchmarked in GEOS-Chem 12.0.0. This mechanism is of interest for those groups wanting fast global simulation of oxidation fields in GEOS-Chem simulations focused on aerosol microphysics.
  • The machine-learned chemical solver is still probably 12 months away from online implementation into GEOS-Chem.
Add non-volatile cations to ISORROPIA Becky Alexander (UW) Aerosols
DMS oxidation scheme updating Becky Alexander (UW)
Qianjie Chen (UW)
Chemistry
  • Delayed - implemented pre-KPP
  • Currently bring implemented in KPP by UC Riverside group
Heterogeneous sulfate production Lin Zhang (PKU)
Becky Alexander (UW)
Yuxuan Wang (U. Houston)
Chemistry
  • Delayed - implemented pre-KPP
Hg in WRF-GC Yanxu Zhang (Nanjing) Hg simulation
Hg with blowing snow Yanxu Xhang (Nanjing) Emissions, Hg simulation
Hg isotopes Xiaotian Xu, Yanxu Xhang (Nanjing) Hg simulation
Hg in CESM CAM-CHEM Peng Zhang, Yanxu Xhang (Nanjing) Hg simulation
Complex / multicomplex variables Shannon Capps (Drexel) Structural

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