Articles | Volume 14, issue 21
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 14, 11657–11686, 2014
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 14, 11657–11686, 2014

Research article 06 Nov 2014

Research article | 06 Nov 2014

A pathway analysis of global aerosol processes

N. A. J. Schutgens and P. Stier


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ED: Publish as is (28 Sep 2014) by Ashu Dastoor
Short summary
The complexity of the physical and chemical processes effectively turns global aerosol models into black boxes. In an attempt to lift the veil, we present a detailed budget of process contributions (emissions, nucleation, sulfate condensation, coagulation, aging, deposition) in ECHAM5.5-HAM2 across varying length- and timescales. We show a clear hierarchy exists in process importance, that can be used in improving and simplifying the model and for understanding discrepancies with observation.
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