Articles | Volume 15, issue 23
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-15-13487-2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-15-13487-2015
Research article
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08 Dec 2015
Research article |  | 08 Dec 2015

Limited effect of anthropogenic nitrogen oxides on secondary organic aerosol formation

Y. Zheng, N. Unger, A. Hodzic, L. Emmons, C. Knote, S. Tilmes, J.-F. Lamarque, and P. Yu

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Nitrogen oxides (NOx) play an important but complex role in secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation. In this study we update the SOA scheme in a global 3-D chemistry-climate model by implementing a 4-product volatility basis set (VBS) framework with NOx-dependent yields and simplified aging parameterizations. We find that the SOA decrease in response to a 50% reduction in anthropogenic NOx emissions is limited due to the buffering in different chemical pathways.
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