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Aerosol-Radiation Feedback and PM10 Air Concentrations Over Poland

Werner, Malgorzata and Kryza, M. and Skjøth, C. and Wałaszek, K. and Dore, A.J. and Ojrzyńska, H. and Kapłon, J. (2017) Aerosol-Radiation Feedback and PM10 Air Concentrations Over Poland. Pure and Applied Geophysics, 174 (2). pp. 551-568. ISSN 0033-4553 Online: 1420-9136

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Abstract

We have implemented the WRF-Chem model version 3.5 over Poland to quantify the direct and indirect feedback effects of aerosols on simulated meteorology and aerosol concentrations. Observations were compared with results from three simulations at high spatial resolutions of 5 × 5 km: (1) BASE—without any aerosol feedback effects; (2) DIR—with direct aerosol-radiative effects (3) INDIR—with direct and indirect aerosol-radiative effects. We study the overall effect during January 2011 as well as selected episodes of the highest differences in PM10 concentrations between the three simulations. For the DIR simulation, the decrease in monthly mean incoming solar radiation (SWDOWN) appears for the entire study area. It changes geographically, from about −8.0 to −2.0 W m−2, respectively for the southern and northern parts of the country. The highest changes do not correspond to the highest PM10 concentration. Due to the solar radiation changes, the surface mean monthly temperature (T2) decreases for 96 % of the area of Poland, but not more than 1.0 °C. Monthly mean PBLH changes by more than ±5 m for 53 % of the domain. Locally the differences in PBLH between the DIR and BASE are higher than ± 20 m. Due to the direct effect, for 84 % of the domain, the mean monthly PM10 concentrations increase by up to 1.9 µg m−3. For the INDIR simulation the spatial distribution of changes in incoming solar radiation as well as air temperature is similar to the DIR simulation. The decrease of SWDOWN is noticed for the entire domain and for 23 % of the domain is higher than −5.0 W m−2. The absolute differences of PBLH are slightly higher for INDIR than DIR but similarly distributed spatially. For daily episodes, the differences between the simulations are higher, both for meteorology and PM10 concentrations, and the pattern of changes is usually more complex. The results indicate the potential importance of the aerosol feedback effects on modelled meteorology and PM10 concentrations.

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Originally deposited as National Pollen and Aerobiology Unit (NPARU)
First published online: 16 March 2016.
The online version of this article (doi:10.​1007/​s00024-016-1267-2) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

Uncontrolled Keywords: WRF-Chem, feedback, aerosol, PM10, Poland, NPARU, National Pollen and Aerobiology Unit
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Science and the Environment
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Copyright Info: Open Access article
Depositing User: Carsten Skjoth
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2016 10:24
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 16:34
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/4207

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