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January 2018

Kravitz Co-Authors Eos Report on Geoengineering Model Intercomparison Project Meeting

Dr. Ben Kravitz, atmospheric scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, co-wrote a Geoengineering Model Intercomparison Project (GeoMIP) meeting report published online by Eos in December 2017.

Kravitz and report co-author Dr. Alan Robock of Rutgers University lead GeoMIP, an international effort to understand common climate model responses to proposed tactics for reducing how much solar energy the Earth retains. GeoMIP is an official part of the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 6 (CMIP6), the most recent version of a community-based standard protocol for validating atmosphere-ocean general circulation models.

The report covered the seventh GeoMIP meeting, which took place July 26, 2017, in Newry, Maine. The meeting heavily focused on GeoMIP's contribution to CMIP6. About 30 scientists reviewed and evaluated mathematical modeling efforts to simulate the effects of thinning high-altitude clouds, a proposed method of allowing heat to escape from the atmosphere.

Attendees also discussed paper submissions for a GeoMIP special issue jointly organized by the journals Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics and Geoscientific Model Development. Kravitz is a co-editor of the special issue, which so far has published 24 papers online. The closing date for submissions is March 31.

The eighth GeoMIP meeting will be held April 16-17 in Zurich, Switzerland.

Read the Eos report by Kravitz and Robock.

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