Title: The Effect of Harmonized Emissions on Aerosol Properties in Global Models - An AeroCom Experiment
Authors: TEXTOR C.SCHULZ M.GUIBERT S.KINNE S.BALKANSKI Y.BAUER S.BERNTSEN T.BERGLEN T.BOUCHER O.CHIN M.DENTENER FRANCISCUSDIEHL T. L.FEICHTER J.FILLMORE D.GINOUX P.GONG S.GRINI AlessandroHENDRICKS J.HOROWITZ L.HUANG P.ISAKSEN I. S. A.IVERSEN T.KLOSTER S.KOCH D.KIRKEVÅG A.KRISTJANSSON J. E.KROL MLAUER A.LAMARQUE J.f.LIU XMONTANARO V.MYHRE G.PENNER J. E.PITARI G.REDDY M. S.SELAND Ø.STIER PhilipTAKEMURA T.TIE X.
Citation: ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY AND PHYSICS vol. 7 p. 4489-4501
Publisher: COPERNICUS GESELLSCHAFT MBH
Publication Year: 2007
JRC Publication N°: JRC36441
ISSN: 1680-7316
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC36441
DOI: 10.5194/acp-7-4489-2007
Type: Articles in Journals
Abstract: The effects of unified aerosol sources on global aerosol fields simulated by different models are examined in this paper. We compare results from two AeroCom experiments, one with different (ExpA) and one with unified emissions, injection heights, and 5 particle sizes at the source (ExpB). Surprisingly, harmonization of aerosol sources has only a small impact on the simulated diversity for aerosol burden, and consequently optical properties, as the results are largely controlled by model-specific transport, removal, chemistry (leading to the formation of secondary aerosols) and parameterizations of aerosol microphysics (e.g. the split between deposition pathways) and to a 10 lesser extent on the spatial and temporal distributions of the (precursor) emissions. The burdens of black carbon and especially sea salt become more coherent in ExpB only, because the large ExpA diversity for these two species was caused by few outliers. The experiment also indicated that despite prescribing emission fluxes and size distributions, ambiguities in the implementation in individual models can lead to sub15 stantial differences. These results indicate the need for a better understanding of aerosol life cycles at process level (including spatial dispersal and interaction with meteorological parameters) in order to obtain more reliable results from global aerosol simulations. This is particularly important as such model results are used to assess the consequences of 20 specific air pollution abatement strategies.
JRC Institute:Institute for Environment and Sustainability

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