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Volume 12, issue 21 | Copyright

Special issue: EMEP – an integrated system of models and observations...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 12, 10423-10440, 2012
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-12-10423-2012
© Author(s) 2012. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 08 Nov 2012

Research article | 08 Nov 2012

A multi-model study of impacts of climate change on surface ozone in Europe

J. Langner1, M. Engardt1, A. Baklanov2, J. H. Christensen3, M. Gauss4, C. Geels3, G. B. Hedegaard3,8, R. Nuterman2, D. Simpson4,5, J. Soares6, M. Sofiev6, P. Wind4,7, and A. Zakey2 J. Langner et al.
  • 1Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, 601 76, Norrköping, Sweden
  • 2Danish Meteorological Institute, Lyngbyvej 100, 2100, København Ø, Denmark
  • 3Department of Environmental Science, Aarhus University, 4000 Roskilde, Denmark
  • 4EMEP MSC-W, Norwegian Meteorological Institute, 0313 Oslo, Norway
  • 5Chalmers University of Technology, 412 96 Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 6Finnish Meteorological Institute, P.O. Box 503, 00101 Helsinki, Finland
  • 7University of Tromsø, 9037, Tromsø, Norway
  • 8Centre for Environmental and Climate Research, Lund University, 223 62 Lund, Sweden

Abstract. The impact of climate change on surface ozone over Europe was studied using four offline regional chemistry transport models (CTMs) and one online regional integrated climate-chemistry model (CCM), driven by the same global projection of future climate under the SRES A1B scenario. Anthropogenic emissions of ozone precursors from RCP4.5 for year 2000 were used for simulations of both present and future periods in order to isolate the impact of climate change and to assess the robustness of the results across the different models. The sensitivity of the simulated surface ozone to changes in climate between the periods 2000–2009 and 2040–2049 differs by a factor of two between the models, but the general pattern of change with an increase in southern Europe is similar across different models. Emissions of isoprene differ substantially between different CTMs ranging from 1.6 to 8.0 Tg yr−1 for the current climate, partly due to differences in horizontal resolution of meteorological input data. Also the simulated change in total isoprene emissions varies substantially across models explaining part of the different climate response on surface ozone. Ensemble mean changes in summer mean ozone and mean of daily maximum ozone are close to 1 ppb(v) in parts of the land area in southern Europe. Corresponding changes of 95-percentiles of hourly ozone are close to 2 ppb(v) in the same region. In northern Europe ensemble mean for mean and daily maximum show negative changes while there are no negative changes for the higher percentiles indicating that climate impacts on O3 could be especially important in connection with extreme summer events.

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