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Regional modeling of carbonaceous aerosols over Europe—focus on secondary organic aerosols

Abstract : In this study, an improved and complete secondary organic aerosols (SOA) chemistry scheme was implemented in the CHIMERE model. The implementation of isoprene chemistry for SOA significantly improves agreement between long series of simulated and observed particulate matter concentrations. While simulated organic carbon concentrations are clearly improved at elevated sites by adding the SOA scheme, time correlation are impaired at low level sites in Portugal, Italy and Slovakia. At several sites a clear underestimation by the CHIMERE model is noticed in wintertime possibly due to missing wood burning emissions as shown in previous modeling studies. In Europe, the CHIMERE model gives yearly average SOA concentrations ranging from 0.5 μg m  − 3 in the Northern Europe to 4 μg m  − 3 over forested regions in Spain, France, Germany and Italy. In addition, our work suggests that during the highest fire emission periods, fires can be the dominant source of primary organic carbon over the Mediterranean Basin, but the SOA contribution from fire emissions is low. Isoprene chemistry has a strong impact on SOA formation when using current available kinetic schemes.
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Bertrand Bessagnet, Laurent Menut, Gabriele Curci, Alma Hodzic, Bruno Guillaume, et al.. Regional modeling of carbonaceous aerosols over Europe—focus on secondary organic aerosols. Journal of Atmospheric Chemistry, Springer Verlag, 2009, 61 (3), pp.175-202. ⟨10.1007/s10874-009-9129-2⟩. ⟨hal-00518382⟩

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