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The Rock Geochemical Model (Rokgem) V0.9 : Volume 6, Issue 5 (13/09/2013)

By Colbourn, G.

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Title: The Rock Geochemical Model (Rokgem) V0.9 : Volume 6, Issue 5 (13/09/2013)  
Author: Colbourn, G.
Volume: Vol. 6, Issue 5
Language: English
Subject: Science, Geoscientific, Model
Collections: Periodicals: Journal and Magazine Collection, Copernicus GmbH
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Publisher: Copernicus Gmbh, Göttingen, Germany
Member Page: Copernicus Publications


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Ridgwell, A., Lenton, T. M., & Colbourn, G. (2013). The Rock Geochemical Model (Rokgem) V0.9 : Volume 6, Issue 5 (13/09/2013). Retrieved from

Description: School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK. A new model of terrestrial rock weathering – the Rock Geochemical Model (RokGeM) – was developed for incorporation into the GENIE Earth System modelling framework. In this paper we describe the model. We consider a range of previously devised parameterizations, ranging from simple dependencies on global mean temperature following Berner et al. (1983), to spatially explicit dependencies on run-off and temperature (GKWM, Bluth and Kump, 1994; GEM-CO2, Amiotte-Suchet et al., 2003) – fields provided by the energy-moisture balance atmosphere model component in GENIE. Using long-term carbon cycle perturbation experiments, we test the effects of a wide range of model parameters, including whether or not the atmosphere was short-circuited in the carbon cycle; the sensitivity and feedback strength of temperature and run-off on carbonate and silicate weathering; different river-routing schemes; 0-D (global average) vs. 2-D (spatially explicit) weathering schemes; and the lithology dependence of weathering. Included are details of how to run the model and visualize the results.

The Rock Geochemical Model (RokGeM) v0.9

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