to the main page for the Geoengineering Model Intercomparison Project. Through this project, we will discover common ways in which climate models treat various geoengineering scenarios. We hope to gather model consensus as to the likely climate effects of geoengineering in order to better inform the scientific community, policy makers, and the public.
Geoengineering cannot be taken lightly. It would involve a level of planetary manipulation heretofore unseen. The implications are awe inspiring, and the consequences have the potential to be severe. Geoengineering is fraught with unknowns that cannot be alleviated without coordinated study. GeoMIP endeavors to fill the need for such a study by prescribing certain experiments which will be performed by all participating climate models. Through this project, we will be able to ascertain commonalities and differences between model results of the climate response to geoengineering.
This project does not endorse or advocate either testing or actual implementation of geoengineering. It also does not attempt to dictate climate policy of any kind, a task which we feel is best left to governing entities. Our purpose here is to study and inform.
The GeoMIP paper "Solar irradiance reduction via climate engineering: Impact of different techniques on the energy balance and the hydrological cycle" by Niemeier et al. was chosen by Journal of Geophysical Research as an editor's highlight.
The GeoMIP paper "Climate model response from the Geoengineering Model Intercomparison Project (GeoMIP)" by Kravitz et al. was featured in Nature as a research highlight.
Many results from GeoMIP have been submitted to a special issue of Journal of Geophysical Research--Atmospheres. Please view the publications page for up-to-date information.
The Third GeoMIP Stratospheric Aerosol Geoengineering Workshop was held at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam, Germany during April 15-16, 2013. An upcoming meeting report in Eos Transactions of the American Geophysical Union will be published soon. For more information about the workshop, please view the official workshop page.
GeoMIP is an endorsed community coordinated project, as designated by the Working Group on Coupled Modeling (WGCM) of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), as our experiments are synergistically built upon the CMIP5 experiment framework. Additional information about other endorsed projects, the WGCM, and the WCRP: http://www.wcrp-climate.org/wgcm/cmip_coord.shtml
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