VolMIP is a protocol-driven international project aiming at coordinating the activities of different Research Institutes involved in numerical climate modelling focused on a multi-model assessment of climate models' performance under strong volcanic forcing conditions.


VolMIP contributes to CMIP6 as endorsed MIP (World Climate Research Program, WCRP).

Eleven climate modeling groups have committed to perform all our core (Tier 1) experiments.

VolMIP is central to the three broad CMIP questions:


VolMIP is closely linked to the WCRP Grand Challenge on:

Informations concerning VolMIP experiments (relationships with other MIPs, forcings, requirements...) could be found in the ES-DOC web page.

Application for CMIP6 endorsement


Berdahl, M., and A. Robock (2013) Northern Hemispheric cryosphere response to volcanic eruptions in the Paleoclimate Modeling Intercomparison Project 3 last millennium simulations, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 118, 12,359-12,370, doi:10.1002/2013JD019914

Miller, G. H., et al. (2012) Abrupt onset of the Little Ice Age triggered by volcanism and sustained by sea-ice/ocean feedbacks, Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, L02708, doi:10.1029/2011GL050168

Zanchettin, D., et al. (2014) Inter-hemispheric asymmetry in the sea-ice response to volcanic forcing simulated by MPI-ESM (COSMOS-Mill). Earth Syst. Dynam., 5, 223-242, doi:10.5194/esd-5-223-2014

Published on  14.02.2019