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A comparison of scavenging and deposition processes in global models: results from the WCRP Cambridge Workshop of 1995

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P. J. Rasch ,

National Center for Atmospheric Research, US
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J. Feichter,

Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, DE
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K. Law,

Centre for Atmospheric Science, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, GB
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N. Mahowald,

Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California, US
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J. Penner,

Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences, University of Michigan, US
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C. Benkovitz,

Environmental Chem. Division, Brookhaven National Laboratory, US
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C. Genthon,

LGGE CNRS, FR
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C. Giannakopoulos,

Centre for Atmospheric Science, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, GB
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P. Kasibhatla,

School of the Environment, Levine Science Research Center Duke University, US
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D. Koch,

NASA GISS, US
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H. Levy,

GFDL , Princeton, US
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T. Maki,

JMAJP
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M. Prather,

Department of Earth System Science, University of California, US
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D. L. Roberts,

UK Meteorological Office, GB
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G.-J. Roelofs,

IMAU, Utrecht University, NL
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D. Stevenson,

UK Meteorological Office, GB
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Z. Stockwell,

School of the Environment, Levine Science Research Center Duke University, US
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S. Taguchi,

NIREJP
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M. Kritz,

MSRC, SUNY Albany, US
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M. Chipperfield,

School of the Environment, Levine Science Research Center Duke University, US
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D. Baldocchi,

ATDD NOAA, US
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P. Mcmurry,

University of Minnesota, US
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L. Barrie,

AES Downsview, CA
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Y. Balkanski,

LMCEFR
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R. Chatfield,

MSRC, SUNY Albany, US
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E. Kjellstrom,

MISUSE
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M. Lawrence,

MPI for Chemistry, DE
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H. N. Lee,

EML USDOE NY, US
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J. Lelieveld,

IMAU, Utrecht University, NL
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K. J. Noone,

MISUSE
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J. Seinfeld,

MPI for Chemistry, DE
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G. Stenchikov,

University ofMaryland, US
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S. Schwartz,

Environmental Chem. Division, Brookhaven National Laboratory, US
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C. Walcek,

ASRC-SUNY Albany, US
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D. Williamson

National Center for Atmospheric Research, US
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Abstract

We report on results from a World Climate Research Program workshop on representations ofscavenging and deposition processes in global transport models of the atmosphere. 15 modelswere evaluated by comparing simulations of radon, lead, sulfur dioxide, and sulfate against eachother, and against observations of these constituents. This paper provides a survey on the simulationdifferences between models. It identifies circumstances where models are consistent withobservations or with each other, and where they differ from observations or with each other. Thecomparison shows that most models are able to simulate seasonal species concentrations nearthe surface over continental sites to within a factor of 2 over many regions of the globe. Modelstend to agree more closely over source (continental) regions than for remote (polar and oceanic)regions. Model simulations differ most strongly in the upper troposphere for species undergoingwet scavenging processes. There are not a sufficient number of observations to characterize theclimatology (long-term average) of species undergoing wet scavenging in the upper troposphere.This highlights the need for either a different strategy for model evaluation (e.g., comparisons onan event by event basis) or many more observations of a few carefully chosen constituents.

How to Cite: Rasch, P.J., Feichter, J., Law, K., Mahowald, N., Penner, J., Benkovitz, C., Genthon, C., Giannakopoulos, C., Kasibhatla, P., Koch, D., Levy, H., Maki, T., Prather, M., Roberts, D.L., Roelofs, G.-J., Stevenson, D., Stockwell, Z., Taguchi, S., Kritz, M., Chipperfield, M., Baldocchi, D., Mcmurry, P., Barrie, L., Balkanski, Y., Chatfield, R., Kjellstrom, E., Lawrence, M., Lee, H.N., Lelieveld, J., Noone, K.J., Seinfeld, J., Stenchikov, G., Schwartz, S., Walcek, C. and Williamson, D., 2000. A comparison of scavenging and deposition processes in global models: results from the WCRP Cambridge Workshop of 1995. Tellus B: Chemical and Physical Meteorology, 52(4), pp.1025–1056. DOI: http://doi.org/10.3402/tellusb.v52i4.17091
  Published on 01 Jan 2000
 Accepted on 15 Dec 1999            Submitted on 17 Nov 1998

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