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The effects of driver data on the performance of the FinROSE chemistry transport model

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In this paper we tested the performance of the FinROSE chemistry transport model for three different datasets from the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF). Global middle atmospheric simulations from 1990 to 2005 were done using winds and temperatures from the ECMWF re-analysis (ERA) datasets, the ERA-40, the operational and the ERA-Interim. Analysis data was used in all simulations. The performance of the model for each dataset was analysed using the simulated stratospheric age-of-air and the ascent rate in the tropics. The ERA-40 data produced with a three-dimensional variational assimilation system (3D-Var) resulted in a too strong Brewer-Dobson circulation. The operational analysis produced with a four-dimensional variational assimilation system (4D-Var) gave somewhat improved results, and the new 4D-Var ERA-Interim re-analysis resulted in a much more realistic upward transport. Also the modelled ozone showed better agreement with observations when using the new re-analysis data.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Climate Change, Finnish Meteorological Institute, Helsinki, Finland

Publication date: July 1, 2010

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