Articles | Volume 17, issue 11
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 6925–6955, 2017

Special issue: Global Mercury Observation System – Atmosphere...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 6925–6955, 2017

Research article 13 Jun 2017

Research article | 13 Jun 2017

Multi-model study of mercury dispersion in the atmosphere: vertical and interhemispheric distribution of mercury species

Johannes Bieser et al.

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We conducted a multi model study to investigate our ability to reproduce the vertical distribution of mercury in the atmosphere. For this, we used observational data from over 40 aircraft flights in EU and US. We compared observations to the results of seven chemistry transport models and found that the models are able to reproduce vertical gradients of total and elemental Hg. Finally, we found that different chemical reactions seem responsible for the oxidation of Hg depending on altitude.
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