Stratospheric chemistry in the NZESM
Improving the simulation of stratospheric chemistry in the NZESM
The aim of this project is mainly to improve the simulation of stratospheric chemistry in the NZ Earth Systems Model (NZESM). Stratospheric ozone is particularly relevant to climate change in the southern hemisphere because of the emergence, in every spring, of the ozone hole above Antarctica.
- Project Duration: 2 years
- Project Budget: $300,000
Ozone depletion is a major (and, seasonally, the dominant) driver of southern hemisphere climate change. However, problems with simulating ozone means it’s difficult to have confidence that the extent of its influence is properly represented in the model. This work improves the simulation of stratospheric ozone depletion, and in particular Antarctic ozone depletion, to contribute to a more realistic
simulation of southern hemisphere climate and its response to human activity.
This project builds on a strong heritage in stratospheric model development in New Zealand and complements the work of our international partners in earth system modelling. We’re collaborating closely with another Deep South Challenge project (“Testing the NZESM against modern and historical observations”, see page 37) that will produce observational datasets to help us validate the NZESM. We’re also strengthening a long-standing relationship with Australian colleagues interested in climate–ozone links.
Contact Principal Investigator
Dr Olaf Morgenstern, NIWA, Olaf.Morgenstern@niwa.co.nz
Other Earth System Modelling and Prediction projects:
- Simulating New Zealand's changing climate
- Near-term climate predictions for New Zealand
- Antarctic sea ice
- Clouds & aerosols over the Southern Ocean
- Evaluating the NZESM against modern & historical observations
- The Southern Ocean in a warming world
- Stratospheric chemistry in the NZESM, led by NIWA, Wellington
- Testing the NZESM through a single vertical column, led by Bodeker Scientific
- New methods to simulate Southern Ocean clouds, led by University of Canterbury
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