Articles | Volume 18, issue 8
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 6039–6055, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-6039-2018
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 6039–6055, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-6039-2018

Research article 02 May 2018

Research article | 02 May 2018

The importance of vertical resolution in the free troposphere for modeling intercontinental plumes

Jiawei Zhuang et al.

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AR by Jiawei Zhuang on behalf of the Authors (20 Feb 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (26 Feb 2018) by Anja Schmidt
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (10 Mar 2018)
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (19 Mar 2018)
RR by Anonymous Referee #3 (23 Mar 2018)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (06 Apr 2018) by Anja Schmidt
AR by Jiawei Zhuang on behalf of the Authors (10 Apr 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (10 Apr 2018) by Anja Schmidt
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Our work explains why current model simulations are unable to capture the intercontinental influences of pollution plumes that are often observed over some regions like California. Due to inadequate vertical grid resolution in these models, the plumes get diffused too rapidly during intercontinental transport. Increasing the vertical grid resolution greatly improves the simulation of plumes and considerably increases the estimate of local surface pollution influence.
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