Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 6, 13111-13138, 2006
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Behaviour of tracer diffusion in simple atmospheric boundary layer models
P. S. Anderson
British Antarctic Survey, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0ET, UK

Abstract. 1-D profiles and time series from an idealised atmospheric boundary layer model are presented, which show agreement with measurements of polar photogenic NO and NO2. Diffusion models are increasingly being used as the framework for studying tropospheric air chemistry dynamics. Models based on standard boundary layer diffusivity profiles have an intrinsic behaviour that is not necessarily intuitive, due to the variation of turbulent diffusivity with height. The relatively simple model provides both a programming and a conceptual tool in the analysis of observed trace gas evolution. A time scale inherent in the model can be tuned by fitting model time series to observations. This scale is then applicable to the more physically simple but chemically complex zeroth order or box models of chemical interactions.

Citation: Anderson, P. S.: Behaviour of tracer diffusion in simple atmospheric boundary layer models, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 6, 13111-13138, doi:10.5194/acpd-6-13111-2006, 2006.
 
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