A multi-scale chemistry-transport model for atmospheric composition analysis and forecast

Current version: CHIMERE v2020r3

    What's new?
  • [2021/11]: Release of the v2020r3 version
  • [2021/07]: Release of the v2020r2 version
  • [2021/07]: Release of emiSURF_v2020r3
  • [2020/11]: Release of the v2020r1 version

    New functionalities in v2020r1 version    

  1. WRF-CHIMERE online coupled model: The model can be used offline (with interfaces for ECMWF, WRF) or online coupled with WRF, for direct and indirect aerosol effects. Please read the WRF public notice
  2. Natural emissions: with the addition of dimethyl sulfide, new schemes for sea-salt, improvements for mineral dust and biomass burning and addition of NOx from lightning.
  3. Aerosols chemistry: with the addition of the SOAP thermodynamical model, as well as Volatility Basis Set scheme and the new H2O aerosol scheme for organic aerosols
  4. Subgrid scale variability: for cells with anthropogenic emissions with several activity sectors, it is possible to have pollutant concentrations for each.
  5. Vertical transport: Updated strategy for vertical advection of pollutants and implementation of the Despres and Lagoutiere (1999) antidiffusive advection scheme
    Open positions
  1. Residential emission and air-quality modeling in French cities under climate change and energy transition conditions, BATENQUE project, coord. Myrto Valari,
  2. Comparison of Eulerian and Lagrangian approaches for the interpretation of radionuclide detection, project LRC Yves Rocard ENS-CEA, coord. S.Mailler,

Hemispheric domain

    Model description

    General presentation    

  • CHIMERE is an open source multi-scale chemistry-transport model designed to produce (i) accurate analysis of pollution episodes, (ii) daily forecasts of ozone, aerosols and other pollutants, (iii) long-term simulations (entire seasons or years) for emission control scenarios.
  • CHIMERE runs over a range of spatial scale, from the hemispheric to the urban scale with resolutions from 1km to several degrees.
  • CHIMERE has many different options for simulations which make it also a powerful research tool for testing parameterizations. CHIMERE is a parallel model that has been tested on machines ranging from desktop PCs running the GNU/Linux operating system, to massively parallel supercomputers (HPCD at ECMWF).
  • On this server, documentation and source codes are free to access. The model is proposed with a complete environment: global model climatologies for boundary conditions, programs for emissions (anthropogenic with emisurf, biomass burning).
  • To learn how to use and modify the model, training sessions are organized once a year

    Reference papers    

  • Online coupling
    • Tuccella P., et al., Implementation of aerosol-cloud interaction within WRF-CHIMERE online coupled model: evaluation and investigation of the indirect radiative effect from anthropogenic emission reduction on the Benelux, Atmosphere 2019, 10, 20; doi:10.3390/atmos10010020,
    • Briant, R. et al., Aerosol-radiation interaction modelling using online coupling between the WRF 3.7.1 meteorological model and the CHIMERE 2016 chemistry-transport model, through the OASIS3-MCT coupler, Geosci. Model Dev., 10, 927-944, doi:10.5194/gmd-10-927-2017, 2017,
  • Model overviews
    • Menut L., B. Bessagnet, R.Briant, A.Cholakian, F.Couvidat, S.Mailler, R.Pennel, G.Siour, P.Tuccella, S.Turquety, and M.Valari, The CHIMERE v2020r1 online chemistry-transport model, Geoscientific Model Development Discussion, submitted, March 2021, .
    • Mailler S. et al., CHIMERE-2017: from urban to hemispheric chemistry-transport modeling , Geosci. Model Dev., 10, 2397-2423, https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-10-2397-2017, , 2017
    • Menut L et al., 2013, CHIMERE 2013: a model for regional atmospheric composition modelling, Geoscientific Model Development, 6, 981-1028, doi:10.5194/gmd-6-981-2013,

    Download the model

    Documentation, scripts, publications...

    Download the source codes and databases
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  • Fires: Biomass burning emissions (APIFLAME and Copernicus CAMS)
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    Where is used the model?

The model is used in research institutes and in operational centers for forecast:


  • For all questions about the databases, parameterizations etc., you can contact the developers: chimere@lmd.polytechnique.fr
  • For any discussion about the chimere use, you can exchange informations with the other users by sending a message to the users mailing list: chimere-users@lmd.polytechnique.fr (before register on the users mailing list).
  • Who are the developers?

    About this web site
This server is designed to provide source codes of the model, data from long-term simulations, and experimental forecasts made at IPSL. All data provided on this server should be used in a professional context. The CHIMERE model is provided under the GNU General Public License (since 2000). This server is located at the Ecole Polytechnique and maintened by Laurent MENUT. Copyright (C) Institut Pierre-Simon Laplace, Ecole Polytechnique, INERIS, CNRS.