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Volume 17, issue 20
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 12449–12474, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-12449-2017
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Special issue: Global and regional assessment of intercontinental transport...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 12449–12474, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-12449-2017
© Author(s) 2017. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 19 Oct 2017

Research article | 19 Oct 2017

Extending the Community Multiscale Air Quality (CMAQ) modeling system to hemispheric scales: overview of process considerations and initial applications

Rohit Mathur1, Jia Xing1,2, Robert Gilliam1, Golam Sarwar1, Christian Hogrefe1, Jonathan Pleim1, George Pouliot1, Shawn Roselle1, Tanya L. Spero1, David C. Wong1, and Jeffrey Young1 Rohit Mathur et al.
  • 1National Exposure Research Laboratory, Office of Research and Development, US Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC, USA
  • 2School of Environment, Tsinghua University, Beijing, 100084, China

Abstract. The Community Multiscale Air Quality (CMAQ) modeling system is extended to simulate ozone, particulate matter, and related precursor distributions throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Modeled processes were examined and enhanced to suitably represent the extended space and timescales for such applications. Hemispheric-scale simulations with CMAQ and the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model are performed for multiple years. Model capabilities for a range of applications including episodic long-range pollutant transport, long-term trends in air pollution across the Northern Hemisphere, and air pollution–climate interactions are evaluated through detailed comparison with available surface, aloft, and remotely sensed observations. The expansion of CMAQ to simulate the hemispheric scales provides a framework to examine interactions between atmospheric processes occurring on various spatial and temporal scales with physical, chemical, and dynamical consistency.

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We extend CMAQ's applicability to the entire Northern Hemisphere to enable consistent examination of interactions between atmospheric processes occurring on various spatial and temporal scales. Improvements were made in model process representation, structure, and input data sets that enable a range of model applications including episodic intercontinental pollutant transport, long-term trends in air pollution across the Northern Hemisphere, and air pollution–climate interactions.
We extend CMAQ's applicability to the entire Northern Hemisphere to enable consistent...
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