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An investigation of statistical link between inversion strength and carbon monoxide over Scandinavia in winter using AIRS data
SMHI, Research Department, Atmospheric remote sensing.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6717-8343
SMHI, Research Department, Air quality.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5709-7507
2012 (English)In: Atmospheric Environment, ISSN 1352-2310, E-ISSN 1873-2844, Vol. 56, 109-114 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Temperature inversions influence the local air quality at smaller scales and the pollution transport at larger spatio-temporal scales and are one of the most commonly observed meteorological phenomena over Scandinavia (54 degrees N-70 degrees N, 0-30 degrees E) during winter. Here, apart from presenting key statistics on temperature inversions, a large-scale co-variation of inversion strength and carbon monoxide (CO), an ideal pollution tracer, is further quantified at six vertical levels in the free troposphere during three distinct meteorological regimes that are identified based on inversion strength. Collocated temperature and CO profiles from Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) are used for this purpose. Higher values of CO (up to 15%) are observed over Scandinavia during weakly stable regimes at all vertical levels studied, whereas lower CO values (up to 10%) are observed when inversions become stronger and elevated. The observed systematic co-variation between CO and inversion strength in three meteorological regimes is most likely explained by the efficacy of long-range transport to influence tropospheric composition over Scandinavia. We argue that this large-scale co-variation of temperature inversions and CO would be a robust metric to test coupling of large-scale meteorology and chemistry in transport models. (C) 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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2012. Vol. 56, 109-114 p.
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Carbon monoxide, Pollution transport, AIRS, Chemistry transport models, Temperature inversions
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Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences
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Remote sensing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:smhi:diva-445DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2012.03.042ISI: 000306347900014OAI: oai:DiVA.org:smhi-445DiVA: diva2:806366
Available from: 2015-04-20 Created: 2015-04-14 Last updated: 2016-04-07Bibliographically approved

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