Articles | Volume 15, issue 22
Research article
18 Nov 2015
Research article |  | 18 Nov 2015

Quantifying sources of black carbon in western North America using observationally based analysis and an emission tagging technique in the Community Atmosphere Model

R. Zhang, H. Wang, D. A. Hegg, Y. Qian, S. J. Doherty, C. Dang, P.-L. Ma, P. J. Rasch, and Q. Fu


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AR by Hailong Wang on behalf of the Authors (12 Aug 2015)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (24 Aug 2015) by Dominick Spracklen
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (31 Aug 2015)
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (19 Sep 2015)
ED: Reconsider after minor revisions (Editor review) (09 Oct 2015) by Dominick Spracklen
AR by Hailong Wang on behalf of the Authors (19 Oct 2015)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (05 Nov 2015) by Dominick Spracklen
Short summary
We use a global climate model with an explicit source tagging technique to quantify contributions of emissions from various geographical regions and sectors to BC in North America. Model results are evaluated against measurements of near-surface and in-snow BC. We found strong spatial variations of BC and its radiative forcing that can be quantitatively attributed to the various source origins, and also identified a significant source of BC in snow that is likely missing in most climate models.
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