Set up proper GEOS-Chem version

Our tutorial AMI uses v11-02d as a demo but it is very easy to switch to a different version you want. No need to touch environment variables and library configurations. Any versions newer than v11-02a should work smoothly. The system will still work with future releases of GEOS-Chem (e.g. v11-02 formal release), unless there are big structural changes that break the compile process.

I just put essential steps here for reference. Existing GEOS-Chem users should feel quite familiar. New users should refer to our user guide for the full instruction.

Get source code and checkout model version

For now I use the “bleeding edge” repository:

git clone
git clone

After v11-02 formal release, you might want to clone from the main repository:

git clone
git clone

You may list all sub-versions (git tags) in chronological order:

$ git log --tags --simplify-by-decoration --pretty="format:%ci %d"
2018-01-25 09:58:33 -0500  (tag: v11-02d-Run2, origin/master, origin/HEAD, master)
2017-12-21 16:53:01 -0500  (tag: v11-02d-Run1)
2017-12-06 18:07:17 -0500  (tag: v11-02d-prelim)
2017-12-01 14:48:35 -0500  (tag: v11-02d-Run0)
2017-09-11 15:50:37 -0400  (tag: v11-02c)

If needed, checkout to a different version, say v11-02c:

$ git checkout v11-02c
HEAD is now at 2b07df6... Avoid array out-of-bounds error in EMISSCARBON when complex SOA is off
$ git branch
* (HEAD detached at v11-02c)

You need to do version checkout for both source code and unit tester.

Configure unit tester and generate run directory

Here’s how I set up the tutorial run directory, for reference.

In ut_bleeding_edge/perl/CopyRunDirs.input, change the default paths:

DATA_ROOT      : {GCGRIDROOT}/data/ExtData
COPY_PATH      : {HOME}/GC/rundirs


GCGRID_ROOT    : /home/ubuntu/gcdata
UNIT_TEST_ROOT : {HOME}/tutorial/ut_bleeding_edge
COPY_PATH      : {HOME}/tutorial

Then uncomment the run directory I want:

geosfp   4x5         -      standard         2013070100   2013080100     -

In ut_bleeding_edge/perl/Makefile, change the source code path:



CODE_DIR    :=$(HOME)/tutorial/gc_bleeding_edge

Running git status -v inside ~/tutorial/ut_bleeding_edge will display all those modifications.

Finally, generate the run directory:

$ ./gcCopyRunDirs

Go to the run directory and compile:

$ make -j4 mpbuild NC_DIAG=y BPCH_DIAG=n TIMERS=1

Note that you almost have to execute make command in the run directory. This will ensure the correct combination of compile flags for this specific run configuration. GEOS-Chem’s compile flags have become so complicated that you will almost never get the right compile settings by compiling in the source code directory. See our wiki for more information.