Global modelling of secondary organic aerosol in the troposphere: a sensitivity analysis

K. Tsigaridis, M. Kanakidou
2003 Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics  
To cite this version: K. Tsigaridis, M. Kanakidou. Global modelling of secondary organic aerosol in the troposphere: A sensitivity analysis. Abstract A global 3-dimensional chemistry/transport model able to describe O 3 , NO x , Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC), sulphur and NH 3 chemistry has been extended to simulate the temporal and spatial distribution of primary and secondary carbonaceous aerosols in the troposphere focusing on Secondary Organic Aerosol (SOA) formation. 5 A number of global
more » ... A number of global simulations have been performed to determine a possible range of annual global SOA production and investigate uncertainties associated with the model results. Uncertainties in the model calculations related to the enthalpy of vaporization, the solubility and the activity coefficient of the condensable species, the chemical fate of the first generation low volatility oxidation products, the ageing of particles with regard 10 to their hydrophilic properties, the partitioning of SOA on various aerosol surfaces and the evaporation of semi-volatiles from aerosol surfaces have been evaluated. Although not all sources of uncertainties have been investigated, according to our calculations, the above factors within the experimental range of variations could result to an overall uncertainty of about a factor of 20 in the global SOA budget. The global annual SOA 15 production from biogenic VOC might range from 2.5 to 44.5 Tg of organic matter per year, whereas that from anthropogenic VOC ranges from 0.05 to 2.62 Tg of organic matter per year. These estimates can be considered as a lower limit, since partitioning on coarse particles like nitrate, dust or sea-salt, together with the partitioning and the dissociation of the semi-volatile products in aerosol water has been neglected. The 20 large uncertainties associated with the emissions of VOC have not been investigated in this study. Comparison of model results to observations, where available, shows a better agreement for the upper budget estimates than for the lower ones.
doi:10.5194/acp-3-1849-2003 fatcat:xeknrtu3m5fzzfple6cqnkboai