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.

Merged and awaiting release

See the links below for items merged and awaiting release.

Mergeable at any time Version in development
GEOS-Chem no-diff-to-benchmark GEOS-Chem 14.5.0

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
New soil NOx parameterization Yi Wang (U. Iowa)
Jun Wang (U. Iowa)
Emissions Medium

Prioritized and in the queue

Features listed in this table are prioritized for integration into GEOS-Chem in the near future.

Feature Contributor(s) Model scope Ease of implementation Delivery status Notes and References
ALK4 & R4N2 chemistry Jared Brewer (UMN) Chemistry TBD Not delivered
Mass flux regridding fix in MAPL Tom Clune (GMAO)
Seb Eastham (MIT)
GCHP input regridding Medium
  • GCHP Issue #377
  • Currently on hold, as the submitted update results in zero diff
New version of CEDS at 0.1 deg Dandan Zhang (WashU) Emissions Simple Delivered
  • geos-chem issue #1745
  • Currently on hold while an issue with seasonality in the new CEDS data is being investigated by the authors.
Remove differences in GC-Classic due to HEMCO reading REAL8 restart as REAL4 Lizzie Lundgren (Harvard) GC-Classic Medium
Capture all trop and PBL height changes in budget diagnostics Chris Holmes (FSU)
Lizzie Lundgren (Harvard)
Diagnostics Medium Delivered

Ready to go in

Features listed in this table are ready to go in but have either not been delivered or are not yet prioritized for integration into GEOS-Chem.

Feature Contributor(s) Model scope Delivery status Notes and References
KORUS-AQ emissions for East Asia (as an option) Katie Travis (NASA) Emissions Simple
Geologic emission of ethane and propane Matthew Rowlinson and Mat Evans(York) Emissions Delivered
Jan 2023
Ecophysiology module in GEOS-Chem for biosphere-atmosphere exchange Joey Lam(CUHK)
Amos Tai (CUHK)
Science Delivered
Feb 2021
LPJ land cover (global), fire (W US), dust emissions (SW N America), 1700-2100 Yang Li (Baylor University)
Loretta Mickley (Harvard)
Emissions Delivered
Jul 2021
  • Data involves many files- need to think about temporal frequency
Online H2 chemistry Maria Paula Pérez-Peña (UNSW)
Jenny Fisher (UOW)
Dylan Millet (UMN)
Chemistry Delivered
June 2023
DMS Chemistry Linia Tashmim (UC Riverside)
William Porter (UC Riverside)
Chemistry Not delivered
Organic acids (RCOOH) Katie Travis (NASA) Chemistry Not delivered
Improve carbon & nitrogen conservation in reactions Kelvin Bates (Harvard) Chemistry Not delivered
Blowing snow sea salt in TOMAS Betty Croft (Dalhousie) Aerosols Not delivered
Australian anthropogenic Hg emissions Stephen MacFarlane (UOW)
Jenny Fisher (UOW)
Hannah Horowitz (U. Illinois)
Viral Shah (Harvard)
Hg simulation Not delivered
WRF-GC Hg simulation Xiaotian Xu (Nanjing U.)
Yanxu Zhang (Nanjing U.)
Hg simulation
Not delivered
Updated HgII gas-partical partitioning Kaiyun Liu (Tsinghua U.)
Qingru Wu (Tsinghua U.)
Shuxiao Wang (Tsinghua U.)
Hg simulation Not delivered
  • Should be option, not default
Dry deposition to F90 (readability) Chris Holmes (FSU) Dry deposition Not delivered

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
PPN+hv, PPN+OH Robert Ryan (UCL) Chemistry
MBO Michael Vermeuel (UMN) Chemistry
Initial conditions for CH4 correcting background and stratospheric biases Todd Mooring (Harvard) Methane simulation
Migrating simple SOA formation from carbon_mod.F90 into the KPP "full-chemistry" mechanism Bob Yantosca (Harvard) Aerosols
  • Ongoing
Re-binning of off-line sea salt and dust for use in TOMAS Betty Croft (Dalhousie) Aerosols
Adaption of TOMAS' in-cloud aqueous sulfate production for KPP versus sulfate_mod.F90 Betty Croft (Dalhousie) Aerosols
ML algorithms for bulk aerosols Arshad Nair (SUNY Albany)
Fangqun Yu (SUNY Albany)
PM2.5 and PM10 calculations: aerodynamic vs geometric diameters Shixian Zhai (Harvard) Aerosols
Updates to Hodzic SOA scheme Jared Brewer (Harvard) Aerosols
Automated reduction in isoprene scheme Dan Westervelt (Lamont-Doherty) Aerosols
Brown carbon chemsitry Jingqiu Mao (U. Alaska)
Xuan Wang (CUHK)
GEOS resolution and subgrid convection - Part 2 RAS parameter tuning Tailong He (Toronto)
Dylan Jones (Toronto)
Andrea Molod (NASA GMAO)
High-res top-down TROPOMI-derived seasonal mean NOx emissions for China Jintai Lin (PKU) Emissions
  • Horizontal resolution: 5km, temporal resolution: JJA mean
  • monthly data will be available at a later stage; please contact us
Updated biomass burning emission factors and species Tess Carter (MIT) Emissions
Updated offline sea salt emissions Hongjian Weng (PKU)
Jintai Lin (PKU)
Canopy Physics Model Sam Silva (MIT) Emissions &
Assessment/improvement of OpenMP performance in GC-Classic and HEMCO standalone Bob Yantosca (Harvard) Model performance
  • Ongoing (will be done as time allows)
Assess memory leak in GCHP Killian Murphy (York) Model performance
Hybrid MPI-OpenMP in GCHP Seb Eastham (MIT)
Killian Murphy (York)
Model performance
Improve pressure handling in GCHP advection Seb Eastham (MIT)
Yuanjian Zhang (WashU)
Use ExtData2G as default GCHP input module Lizzie Lundgren (Harvard) GCHP Will replace ExtData.rc with yaml file

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
Snow / Icy Bromine Becky Alexander (UW)
William Swanson (U. Alaska)
Shuting Zhai (UW)
Monoterpene oxidation scheme Jessica Haskins (MIT) Chemistry
Fire related VOCs including furans Lu Hu (UMT)
Lixu Jin (UMT)
Extension of UCX into the mesosphere Seb Eastham (MIT)
Eric Fleming (NASA)
Methane flux ingestion Eloise Marais (UCL) Chemistry
Dust non-sphericity impacts on surface chem and optical properties Inderjeet Singh (WashU) Aerosols
Size-resolved stratospheric aerosol Seb Eastham (MIT) Aerosols
Extend aerosol settling Eloise Marais (UCL) Aerosols
Stratospheric aerosol APM Fangqun Yu (SUNY) Aerosols
Plume-in-grid model Hongwei Sun (Harvard) Chemistry
Updated lightning NOx: Prescribe from ground and geostationary lightning flashes Lee Murray (Rochester) Emissions
Seb aircraft emissions beyond recent 2019 update Seb Eastham (MIT) Emissions
FRP-based fire emsisions for eastern US at 0.2 deg Charlie Fite (FSU) Emissions
Hg iodine chemistry Yiming Fu
Yanxu Zhang (Nanjing U.)
Hg simulation
Hg simulation in GCHP Ari Feinberg (MIT)
Lyssa Freese (MIT)
Hg simulation
Update Hg ocean and soil boundary conditions for consistency with new chemistry Yanxu Zhang (Nanjing U.) Hg simulation
Dry deposition diagnostics by land cover Holly Nowell (FSU) Diagnostics
Dry deposition process diagnostics Holly Nowell (FSU) Diagnostics
Isotope simulation for CO and CH4 in GCHP Lee Murray (Rochester) Carbon simulation
Updated bottom-up global CH4 oil, gas, and coal emissions (GFEI v3) Melissa Sulprizio (Harvard)
Tia Scarpelli (U. Edinburgh)
Zichong Chen (Harvard)
CH4 simulation
Modularization of aerosols code for interface with GOCART in GEOS Christoph Keller (GMAO) Structural
Improve load balancing in GCHP Seb Eastham (MIT) Model performance
Testing the use of monthly mean MERRA-2 CWC with Pb-210 aerosol tracer Bo Zhang (NIA)
Hongyu Liu (NIA / NASA Langley)
Testing the use of a new scavenging parameterization developed by Luo and Yu for cold cloud with Pb-210 aerosol tracer Gan Luo (SUNY Albany)
Fangqun Yu (SUNY-Albany)
Evaluate vertical mixing in GEOS-Chem with model-model and model-observation comparisons Seb Eastham (MIT)
Clara Orbe (NASA GISS)
Andrew Schuh (CSU)
MAPL version 3 Lizzie Lundgren (Harvard) GCHP Will include History wildcard handling in GCHP

Migrate benchmark meteorology from MERRA2 to GEOS-IT GCST Benchmarking

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
Updates to Aromatic chemistry Stephen MacFarlane (UOW)
Jenny Fisher (UOW)
Nitrate photolysis Mat Evans (York)
Thomas Sherwen (York)
Matthew Rowlinson (York)
In aerosol chemistry Halogens Mat Evans (York)
Hansen Cao (CU Boulder)
Benchmark box model of GC Chemistry Katie Travis (NASA) Chemistry
Alkyl nitrates Alk7, PHAN Katie Travis (NASA) Chemistry
Add stratospheric ozone species to full-chemistry simulations Lee Murray (Rochester) Chemistry
Perchlorate chemistry Yuk Chun Chan (UWAB) Chemistry
Explicit heterogeneous sulfate chemistry Katie Travis (NASA)
Becky Alexander (UT)
HOx and ozone "emissions" from lightning as option in model to play with Jingqiu (Alaska)
Lee Murray (Rochester)
Sea salt aerosol from sea ice leads Hannah Horowitz (U. Illinois) Emissions
Drought-stress algorithm Wei Li (U. Houston)
Biomass burning injection height profiles Inderjeet Singh (WashU) Emissions
OCIM integration Chris Holmes (FSU)
Lee Murray (Rochester)
Updating landcover products in GEOS-Chem Chris Holmes (FSU)
Jeff Geddes (BU)
Input data
Dry deposition physical improvement Chris Holmes (FSU) Dry deposition
TOMAS WRF-GC in regional Thailand simulation Win Trivitayanurak (Chulalongkorn U) Aerosols