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 Special Issue

Joint ESD, GMD, ACP, CP special issue

Journals coordinators

Guest Editors

All CP and GMD topical editors will handle the articles submitted to CP and GMD.


Volcanic eruptions are one of the major natural factors influencing climate variability at interannual to multidecadal time scales. However, simulating volcanically-forced climate variability is a challenging task for climate models and one of the major uncertainties in near-term climate predictions. The model intercomparison project on the climatic response to volcanic forcing (VolMIP) is an endorsed contribution to the sixth phase of the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP6). This multi-journal special issue on VolMIP aims at collecting relevant research results obtained within the VolMIP framework, and specifically concerning different aspects of the radiative and dynamical climate response to volcanic forcing, detailed description of effects of different implementation of volcanic forcing in current climate models, aspects concerning the dynamical and chemical atmospheric response to volcanic aerosols simulated by global aerosol  models, comparison between reconstructed and simulated climate evolution after major eruptions.

Special issue open period for submission

May 15th, 2017 – April 30th, 2019.


Page charges will be at authors’ cost.


The idea for this special issue developed out by the need to collect results from research activities around VolMIP, and to foster cooperation and interaction between groups interested in different aspects of the climate response to volcanic forcing. More than 50 scientists across the world are involved in VolMIP, and we expect most of them to be contributing to VolMIP related research activities in the next few years.
Several participants have tentatively committed to contributing papers to the issue (see Appendix).  Furthermore, we anticipate further contributions based on advertisement of the special issue at the upcoming EGU general assembly, to be held in April 2017, and at the PAGES open science meeting, to be held in May 2017. The special issue will also be open to further contributions outside these two events.


Page charges will be at authors’ cost.


Zanchettin, D., Khodri, M., Timmreck, C., Toohey, M., Schmidt, A., Gerber, E. P., Hegerl, G., Robock, A., Pausata, F. S. R., Ball, W. T., Bauer, S. E., Bekki, S., Dhomse, S. S., LeGrande, A. N., Mann, G. W., Marshall, L., Mills, M., Marchand, M., Niemeier, U., Poulain, V., Rozanov, E., Rubino, A., Stenke, A., Tsigaridis, K., and Tummon, F. (2016) "The Model Intercomparison Project on the climatic response to Volcanic forcing (VolMIP): experimental design and forcing input data for CMIP6", Geosci. Model Dev., 9, 2701-2719, DOI:10.5194/gmd-9-2701-2016. [TO BE LINKED TO THE VOLMIP SPECIAL ISSUE]

Laureen Marshall, et al.Multi-model comparison of the volcanic sulfate deposition from the 1815 Mt. Tambora eruption“, submitted to ACP. [TO BE LINKED TO THE VOLMIP SPECIAL ISSUE]

Virgine Poulain, et al. “Reconstruction of the Tambora forcing with global aerosol models :Challenges and limitations”, in preparation

Claudia Timmreck et al.  “Understanding the dynamical response after the Mt. Pinatubo eruption Surface cooling vs Atmospheric heating”

Matthias Bittner et al. “VolMIP simulations with the MP-ESM1: Understanding the influence of model resolution on the climate response to volcanic forcing””

Davide Zanchettin et al. “inter-hemispheric asymmetries in the simulated response to strong volcanic forcing”, (ESD/CP).

Juliette Mignot, Didier Swingedouw, et al. “Ocean thermohaline response to strong volcanic forcing”

Myriam Khodri, et al. “Pacific Ocean interannual to decadal variability simulated in response to volcanic forcing”

Claudia Timmreck, et al. “Sensitivity of simulated 19th century climate to volcanic forcing uncertainties” (PAGES 2017 abstract Pre-VolMIP study)

Matthew Toohey and Michael Sigl (2017) “Volcanic stratospheric sulphur injections and aerosol optical depth perturbations from 500 BCE to 1900 CE”, Earth System Science Data Discussions . pp. 1-40., DOI:10.5194/essd-2017-31. [TO BE LINKED TO THE VOLMIP SPECIAL ISSUE]

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Published on  26.10.2017