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Effects of tropospheric emissions on global tropospheric ozone distribution: A CTM simulation study

Version 1 : Received: 19 June 2017 / Approved: 20 June 2017 / Online: 20 June 2017 (04:28:19 CEST)

How to cite: Wang, K. Effects of tropospheric emissions on global tropospheric ozone distribution: A CTM simulation study. Preprints 2017, 2017060091 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201706.0091.v1). Wang, K. Effects of tropospheric emissions on global tropospheric ozone distribution: A CTM simulation study. Preprints 2017, 2017060091 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201706.0091.v1).

Abstract

In this work, we examined the effect of tropospheric emissions on tropospheric ozone (O3) by conducting three-dimensional (3D) chemistry transport model (CTM) simulations. For the control run, the CTM model simulates tropospheric O3 levels with a complete set of anthropogenic, biomass burning, and vegetation emissions [8]. For the no-emission simulation, all anthropogenic, biomass burning, and vegetation emissions were turned off. Comparisons of results from these two simulations exhibit the emission impacts on the tropospheric O3. In the no-emission simulation, distinctive low surface O3 with concentrations less than 5 ppbv prevail over the Amazon basin, tropical South America, tropical South Africa, Southeast Asia. Transport of air from these land areas downwind contributes to the low O3 over the remote marine boundary layer. In contrast, elevated O3 levels over the extra-tropical remote marine boundary layer are less supported by the anthropogenic and biomass burning emissions but more sustained by the downward transport of O3 from the stratosphere. These results demonstrate that the northern hemisphere continental areas (north of 30N ), polar regions, and tropical continental regions are more sensitive to the tropospheric emissions. The northern hemisphere winter is mostly dominated by the stratospheric processes, while the tropospheric emissions dominate over the southern hemisphere tropical continental areas from tropics to 30S latitudinal bands. The northern hemisphere continental regions are increasingly dominated by tropospheric emissions from spring, to reach maxima in summer, and started to reduce in autumn months.

Subject Areas

tropospheric emissions; CTM; tropospheric ozone; industrial emissions; biomass buring; vegetation emissions; simulation

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