Using WRF to simulate the regional impacts of SRM

Dr Chris Lennard is a climatologist at the University of Cape Town and is co-PI of the South Africa DECIMALS project. Through the DECIMALS process, he started working with Dr Simone Tilmes, an atmospheric chemist and SRM modelling expert who volunteers her time as one of the research collaborators for the DECIMALS teams.

In June SRMGI supported Chris’ trip to the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Colorado, where he worked for a week with Simone and her colleague Dr Jimy Dudhia. Together they began writing code that would allow the Weather Research and Forecasting model (WRF), a powerful regional climate model, to simulate the impacts that SRM may have on regional climates. There is still much work to be done to finish the code but this is an important step towards more powerful regional simulation of the potential impacts of SRM.