Articles | Volume 22, issue 16
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 22, 10901–10917, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-22-10901-2022

Special issue: BLUESKY atmospheric composition measurements by aircraft during...

Special issue: The Modular Earth Submodel System (MESSy) (ACP/GMD inter-journal...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 22, 10901–10917, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-22-10901-2022
Research article
26 Aug 2022
Research article | 26 Aug 2022

Numerical simulation of the impact of COVID-19 lockdown on tropospheric composition and aerosol radiative forcing in Europe

Simon F. Reifenberg et al.

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Mission: BLUESKY DLR https://doi.org/10.17616/R39Q0T

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Modular Earth Submodel System MESSy http://www.messy-interface.org

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In this work we use a combination of observational data from an aircraft campaign and model results to investigate the effect of the European lockdown due to COVID-19 in spring 2020. Using model results, we show that the largest relative changes to the atmospheric composition caused by the reduced emissions are located in the upper troposphere around aircraft cruise altitude, while the largest absolute changes are present at the surface.
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