EGU22-3635, updated on 27 Mar 2022
EGU General Assembly 2022
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Simulating long term climate variation with a planetary evolution model

Romain Vandemeulebrouck, Francois Forget, Lucas Lange, Ehouarn Millour, Antony Delavois, Antoine Bierjon, Joseph Naar, and Aymeric Spiga
Romain Vandemeulebrouck et al.
  • CNRS, Climate science, France (

To accurately simulate the climate and the fate of volatiles for thousands to millions of years we must couple physical processes with very different timescale, ranging from clouds microphysics and atmospheric dynamics (represented in the GCM) to the evolution of lakes, glacier accumulation, and subsurface ice evolution.

Given the diversity and the complexity of the Martian paleoclimates, we choose to use use an ambitious “asynchronous coupling” between the slow ice and water reservoirs models and the GCM.

In practice our innovative Mars evolution model will use a horizontal grid identical to that of the GCM, and include the same representation of the micro-climate on slopes. In our case, we will run the Mars Evolution Model with a timestep of 50 to ~500 years, depending upon the dynamics of the modeled system (smaller timesteps must first be used so that the different volatile reservoirs reach a quasi-equilibrium, then the timestep will depends on the evolution of the forcing, which is slow in the case of obliquity, for instance) . At each timestep, the inputs from the atmosphere (e.g. mean precipitation, sublimation and evaporation, temperatures, dust deposition) will be obtained through a multi-annual run of the Global Climate model using the outcome of the Mars Evolution Model as initial state.

First results about evolution of water ice and CO2 ice glacier will be presented.

How to cite: Vandemeulebrouck, R., Forget, F., Lange, L., Millour, E., Delavois, A., Bierjon, A., Naar, J., and Spiga, A.: Simulating long term climate variation with a planetary evolution model, EGU General Assembly 2022, Vienna, Austria, 23–27 May 2022, EGU22-3635,, 2022.


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