Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 8, 10227-10255, 2008
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Influence of modelled soil biogenic NO emissions on related trace gases and the atmospheric oxidizing efficiency
J. Steinkamp1, L. N. Ganzeveld2, W. Wilcke3, and M. G. Lawrence1
1Department of Atmospheric Chemistry, Max-Planck-Institute for Chemistry, Mainz, Germany
2Department of Environmental Sciences, Chairgroup Earth System Sciences, Wageningen University and Research Centre, Wageningen, Netherlands
3Geographic Institute, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany

Abstract. The emission of nitric oxide (NO) by soils (SNOx) is an important source of oxides of nitrogen (NOx=NO+NO2) in the troposphere, with estimates ranging from 4 to 21 Tg of nitrogen per year. Previous studies have examined the influence of SNOx on ozone (O3) chemistry. We employ the ECHAM5/MESSy earth system model to go further in the reaction chain and investigate the influence of SNOx on lower tropospheric NOx, O3, peroxyaceltyl nitrate (PAN), nitric acid (HNO3), the hydroxyl radical (OH) and the lifetime of methane (τCH4). We show that SNOx is responsible for a significant contribution to the NOx mixing ratio in many regions, especially in the tropics. On the other hand in some regions SNOx has a negative feedback on the lifetime of NOx through O3 and OH, which results in regional increases in the mixing ratio of NOx despite lower total emissions in a simulation without SNOx. Furthermore, the concentration of OH is substantially increased due to SNOx, resulting in an enhanced oxidizing efficiency of the global troposphere, reflected in a ~10% decrease in τCH4 due to soil NO emissions.

Citation: Steinkamp, J., Ganzeveld, L. N., Wilcke, W., and Lawrence, M. G.: Influence of modelled soil biogenic NO emissions on related trace gases and the atmospheric oxidizing efficiency, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 8, 10227-10255, doi:10.5194/acpd-8-10227-2008, 2008.
 
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