Summertime tropospheric ozone assessment over the Mediterranean region using the thermal infrared IASI/MetOp sounder and the WRF-Chem model

Over the Mediterranean region, elevated tropospheric ozone (O₃) values are recorded, especially in summer. We use the thermal Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer (IASI) and the Weather Research and Forecasting Model with Chemistry (WRF-Chem) to understand and interpret the factors and emission sources responsible for the high O₃ concentrations observed in the Mediterranean troposphere. Six years (2008–2013) of IASI data have been analyzed and results show consistent maxima during summer, with an increase of up to 22% in the [0–8] km O₃ column in the eastern part of the basin compared to the middle of the basin. We focus on summer 2010 to investigate the processes that contribute to these summer maxima. Using two modeled O₃ tracers (inflow to the model domain and local anthropogenic emissions), we show that, between the surface and 2 km, O₃ is mostly formed from anthropogenic emissions, while above 4 km it is mostly transported from outside the domain or from stratospheric origins. Evidence of stratosphere-to-troposphere exchange (STE) events in the eastern part of the basin is shown, and corresponds to a low water vapor mixing ratio and high potential vorticity.

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Author Safieddine, S.
Boynard, A.
Coheur, P.-F.
Hurtmans, D.
Pfister, Gabriele
Quennehen, B.
Thomas, J.
Raut, J.-C.
Law, K.
Klimont, Z.
Hadji-Lazaro, J.
George, M.
Clerbaux, C.
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Publication Date 2014-09-23T00:00:00
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Metadata Date 2023-04-14T21:28:36.405793
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Suggested Citation Safieddine, S., Boynard, A., Coheur, P.-F., Hurtmans, D., Pfister, Gabriele, Quennehen, B., Thomas, J., Raut, J.-C., Law, K., Klimont, Z., Hadji-Lazaro, J., George, M., Clerbaux, C.. (2014). Summertime tropospheric ozone assessment over the Mediterranean region using the thermal infrared IASI/MetOp sounder and the WRF-Chem model. UCAR/NCAR - Library. Accessed 03 June 2023.

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