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Research article
23 Oct 2019
Research article |  | 23 Oct 2019

Lightning NO2 simulation over the contiguous US and its effects on satellite NO2 retrievals

Qindan Zhu, Joshua L. Laughner, and Ronald C. Cohen

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Lightning NOx represents > 80 % of the NOx source in the upper troposphere. Despite its importance, lightning NOx is poorly understood. This work improves model performance in representing lighting NOx and reduces the uncertainty in satellite NO2 retrievals caused by poor representation of lightning NOx emissions in a priori assumptions.
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