Articles | Volume 16, issue 15
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 9905–9933, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-9905-2016
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 9905–9933, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-9905-2016
Research article
08 Aug 2016
Research article | 08 Aug 2016

A comparison of sea salt emission parameterizations in northwestern Europe using a chemistry transport model setup

Daniel Neumann et al.

Data sets

The MACC reanalysis: an 8 yr data set of atmospheric composition A. Inness, F. Baier, A. Benedetti, I. Bouarar, S. Chabrillat, H. Clark, C. Clerbaux, P. Coheur, R. J. Engelen, Q. Errera, J. Flemming, M. George, C. Granier, J. Hadji-Lazaro, V. Huijnen, D. Hurtmans, L. Jones, J. W. Kaiser, J. Kapsomenakis, K. Lefever, J. Leitão, M. Razinger, A. Richter, M. G. Schultz, A. J. Simmons, M. Suttie, O. Stein, J.-N. Thépaut, V. Thouret, M. Vrekoussis, C. Zerefos, and the MACC team https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-13-4073-2013

coastDat-2 COSMO-CLM Atmospheric Reconstruction B. Geyer and B. Rockel https://doi.org/10.1594/WDCC/coastDat-2_COSMO-CLM

EMEP measurements (atmospheric concentrations, wet deposition, precipitation) EBAS http://ebas.nilu.no

AOD data AERONET http://aeronet.gsfc.nasa.gov/data_menu.html

coastDat-2 North Sea wave hindcast for the period 1949–2014 performed with the wave model WAM N. Groll and R. Weisse https://doi.org/10.1594/WDCC/coastDat-2_WAM-North_Sea

ERA-Interim, 6-hourly ECMWF MARS http://apps.ecmwf.int/datasets/data/interim-full-daily/levtype=sfc/

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Atmospheric sea salt particles provide surface area for the condensation of gaseous substances and, thus, impact these substances' atmospheric residence time and chemical reactions. The number and size of sea salt particles govern the strength of these impacts. Therefore, these parameters should be reflected accurately in chemistry transport models. In this study, three different sea salt emission functions are compared in order to evaluate which one is best suited for the given model setup.
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