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Title: Direct radiative effect by multicomponent aerosol over China

Abstract

The direct radiative effect (DRE) of multiple aerosol species (sulfate, nitrate, ammonium, black carbon (BC), organic carbon (OC), and mineral aerosol) and their spatiotemporal variations over China were investigated using a fully coupled meteorology–chemistry model (WRF-Chem) for the entire year of 2006. We made modifications to improve model performance, including updating land surface parameters, improving the calculation of transition metal-catalyzed oxidation of SO 2, and adding in heterogeneous reactions between mineral aerosol and acid gases. The modified model well reproduced the magnitude, seasonal pattern, and spatial distribution of the measured meteorological conditions, concentrations of PM 10 and its components, and aerosol optical depth (AOD). A diagnostic iteration method was used to estimate the overall DRE of aerosols and contributions from different components. At the land surface, all kinds of aerosol species reduced the incident net radiation flux with a total DRE of 10.2 W m -2 over China. Aerosols significantly warm the atmosphere with the national mean DRE of +10.8 W m -2. BC was the leading radiative-heating component (+8.7 W m -2), followed by mineral aerosol (+1.1 W m -2). At the top of the atmosphere (TOA), BC introduced the largest radiative perturbation (+4.5 W m -2), followed bymore » sulfate (-1.4 W m -2). The overall perturbation of aerosols on radiation transfer is quite small over China, demonstrating the counterbalancing effect between scattering and adsorbing aerosols. Aerosol DRE at the TOA had distinct seasonality, generally with a summer maximum and winter minimum, mainly determined by mass loadings, hygroscopic growth, and incident radiation flux.« less

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1225142
Report Number(s):
PNNL-SA-108376
Journal ID: ISSN 0894-8755; KP1703010
DOE Contract Number:  
AC05-76RL01830
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Journal of Climate
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 28; Journal Issue: 9; Journal ID: ISSN 0894-8755
Publisher:
American Meteorological Society
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

Citation Formats

Huang, Xin, Song, Yu, Zhao, Chun, Cai, Xuhui, Zhang, Hongsheng, and Zhu, Tong. Direct radiative effect by multicomponent aerosol over China. United States: N. p., 2015. Web. doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-14-00365.1.
Huang, Xin, Song, Yu, Zhao, Chun, Cai, Xuhui, Zhang, Hongsheng, & Zhu, Tong. Direct radiative effect by multicomponent aerosol over China. United States. doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-14-00365.1.
Huang, Xin, Song, Yu, Zhao, Chun, Cai, Xuhui, Zhang, Hongsheng, and Zhu, Tong. Fri . "Direct radiative effect by multicomponent aerosol over China". United States. doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-14-00365.1.
@article{osti_1225142,
title = {Direct radiative effect by multicomponent aerosol over China},
author = {Huang, Xin and Song, Yu and Zhao, Chun and Cai, Xuhui and Zhang, Hongsheng and Zhu, Tong},
abstractNote = {The direct radiative effect (DRE) of multiple aerosol species (sulfate, nitrate, ammonium, black carbon (BC), organic carbon (OC), and mineral aerosol) and their spatiotemporal variations over China were investigated using a fully coupled meteorology–chemistry model (WRF-Chem) for the entire year of 2006. We made modifications to improve model performance, including updating land surface parameters, improving the calculation of transition metal-catalyzed oxidation of SO2, and adding in heterogeneous reactions between mineral aerosol and acid gases. The modified model well reproduced the magnitude, seasonal pattern, and spatial distribution of the measured meteorological conditions, concentrations of PM10 and its components, and aerosol optical depth (AOD). A diagnostic iteration method was used to estimate the overall DRE of aerosols and contributions from different components. At the land surface, all kinds of aerosol species reduced the incident net radiation flux with a total DRE of 10.2 W m-2 over China. Aerosols significantly warm the atmosphere with the national mean DRE of +10.8 W m-2. BC was the leading radiative-heating component (+8.7 W m-2), followed by mineral aerosol (+1.1 W m-2). At the top of the atmosphere (TOA), BC introduced the largest radiative perturbation (+4.5 W m-2), followed by sulfate (-1.4 W m-2). The overall perturbation of aerosols on radiation transfer is quite small over China, demonstrating the counterbalancing effect between scattering and adsorbing aerosols. Aerosol DRE at the TOA had distinct seasonality, generally with a summer maximum and winter minimum, mainly determined by mass loadings, hygroscopic growth, and incident radiation flux.},
doi = {10.1175/JCLI-D-14-00365.1},
journal = {Journal of Climate},
issn = {0894-8755},
number = 9,
volume = 28,
place = {United States},
year = {2015},
month = {5}
}