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Long-term changes in lower tropospheric baseline ozone concentrations at northern mid-latitudes

Abstract : Changes in baseline (here understood as representative of continental to hemispheric scales) tropospheric O3 concentrations that have occurred at northern mid-latitudes over the past six decades are quantified from available measurement records with the goal of providing benchmarks to which retrospective model calculations of the global O3 distribution can be compared. Eleven data sets (ten ground-based and one airborne) including six European, (beginning in the 1950's and before) three North American (beginning in 1984) and two Asian (beginning in 1991) are analyzed. When the full time periods of the data records are considered a consistent picture emerges; O3 has increased at all sites in all seasons. At European and North American sites the average linear increase of O3 before 2000 was approximately 1% yr−1 relative to the site's 2000 yr mixing ratio in each season. For perspective, this rate of increase sustained from 1950 to 2000 corresponds to an approximate doubling. At most European sites and some North American sites the rate of increase has slowed over the last decade (possibly longer) of the records. The average linear rate of increase before 2000 shows significant seasonal differences (1.08 ± 0.09, 0.89 ± 0.08, 0.79 ± 0.12 and 1.22 ± 0.12% yr−1 in spring, summer, autumn and winter, respectively, over North America and Europe).
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D. D. Parrish, Kathy S. Law, J. Staehelin, R. Derwent, O. R. Cooper, et al.. Long-term changes in lower tropospheric baseline ozone concentrations at northern mid-latitudes. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, European Geosciences Union, 2012, 12 (23), pp.11485-11504. ⟨10.5194/acp-12-11485-2012⟩. ⟨hal-00706302⟩



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