EGU General Assembly 2020
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Atmospheric composition changes in CMIP6 experiments over the North Atlantic region

Paul Griffiths1,2, James Keeble1,2, Fiona O'Connor3, Alexander Archibald1,2, John Pyle1,2, and the UKESM1 AerChemMIP team*
Paul Griffiths et al.
  • 1University of Cambridge, Chemistry Department, Cambridge, United Kingdom (
  • 2National Centre for Atmospheric Science, Chemistry Department, Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 3Met Office Hadley Centre for Climate Science and Services, Exeter, United Kingdom
  • *A full list of authors appears at the end of the abstract

A grand challenge in the field of chemistry-climate modelling is understanding the connection between anthropogenic emissions, atmospheric composition and the radiative forcing of trace gases and aerosols.

The 6th phase of the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP6) includes a number of climate model experiments that can be used for this purpose.  AerChemMIP [Collins et al.2017] focuses on calculating the radiative forcing of gases and aerosol particles over the period 1850 to 2100, and comprises several tiers of experiments designed to attribute the effect of changes in emissions. 

The UK Earth System Model, UKESM-1, is a novel climate model developed for CMIP6  [Sellar et al., 2019] and is a community research tool for studying past and future climate.  It includes a detailed treatment of tropospheric chemistry, interactive BVOC emissions and extensive stratospheric chemistry.

The North Atlantic Climate System is an area of current interest [Robson et al., 2020] and is the focus of the UKRI 'ACSIS' project.  ACSIS brings together scientists from a range of different specialisms to understand complex changes in the North Atlantic climate system.    By understanding how these changes relate to external drivers of climate, such as human activity, or natural variability, ACSIS aims to improve our capability to detect, explain and predict changes in the North Atlantic climate system.

We present an analysis of the evolution of atmospheric composition over the period 1950-2015. The work is based on a recent global multi-model evaluation of tropospheric ozone for CMIP6 [Griffiths et al., 2020] , but focuses on changes over the North Atlantic region in UKESM-1.  We draw on CMIP and AerChemMIP simulations to provide an initial survey of the response of this region to changing emissions , focusing on atmospheric composition and attempting attribution from a series of targeted experiments involving perturbed emissions .

UKESM1 AerChemMIP team:

Ben Johnson, Jane Mulcahy, Luke Abraham, Mohit Dalvi, Gerd Folberth, Catherine Hardacre, Olaf Morgenstern, Alistair Sellar, Sungbo Shim, Matthew Shin, Joao Teixeira, Steven Turnock, Jonny Williams, Guang Zeng

How to cite: Griffiths, P., Keeble, J., O'Connor, F., Archibald, A., and Pyle, J. and the UKESM1 AerChemMIP team: Atmospheric composition changes in CMIP6 experiments over the North Atlantic region, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-12154,, 2020.

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