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Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 1861–1887, 2021
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Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 1861–1887, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-1861-2021
Research article
10 Feb 2021
Research article | 10 Feb 2021

Simulation of radon-222 with the GEOS-Chem global model: emissions, seasonality, and convective transport

Bo Zhang et al.

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We simulate atmospheric 222Rn using the GEOS-Chem model to improve understanding of 222Rn emissions and characterize convective transport in the model. We demonstrate the potential of a customized global 222Rn emission scenario to improve simulated surface 222Rn concentrations and seasonality. We assess convective transport using observed 222Rn vertical profiles. Results have important implications for using chemical transport models to interpret the transport of trace gases and aerosols.
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