MUSICA will become a community infrastructure for simulating atmospheric chemistry. The unification of various spatio-temporal scales, coupling to other Earth System components and process-level modularization will allow significant scientific advances.
To explore the various couplings across space, time and between ecosystems in a consistent manner, atmospheric modeling is moving away from the fractured limited-scale modeling strategy of the past towards a unification of the range of scales inherent in the Earth System. This paper describes the forward-looking MUlti-Scale Infrastructure for Chemistry and Aerosols (MUSICA), which is intended to become the next generation community infrastructure for research involving atmospheric chemistry and aerosols. MUSICA will be developed collaboratively by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and university and government researchers, with the goal of serving the international research and applications communities. The capability of unifying various spatio-temporal scales, coupling to other Earth System components and process-level modularization will allow advances in both fundamental and applied research in atmospheric composition, air quality and climate and is also envisioned to become a platform that addresses the needs of policy makers and stakeholders.