Articles | Volume 16, issue 12
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 7507–7522, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-7507-2016
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 7507–7522, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-7507-2016

Research article 17 Jun 2016

Research article | 17 Jun 2016

The impact of lightning on tropospheric ozone chemistry using a new global lightning parametrisation

D. L. Finney et al.

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Lightning is a source of nitric oxide (NO) and, through chemical reactions of NO, impacts ozone production. A new method for modelling global lightning markedly alters ozone concentration in the upper troposphere and frequency characteristics of ozone production compared to earlier treatments. Simulated lightning and ozone concentrations now better match observations. Reducing uncertainties associated with lightning NO is important for understanding atmospheric composition and radiative forcing.
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