12th Conference on Atmospheric Chemistry


SHARP climatology and its impact on ozone profiles

Marc Evan Taylor, University of Houston, Houston, TX; and G. Morris, B. L. Lefer, B. Rappenglueck, C. Haman, and J. H. Flynn

This study reviews the general meteorology during the recent SHARP (Study of Houston Atmospheric Radical Precursors, April 15 May 31, 2009) campaign, identifying the timing of frontal passages, and the origins of the transported air masses behind them. Time series of temperature, wind speed / direction, moisture, and pressure illustrate the meteorological conditions throughout the campaign. The impact of different meteorological regimes on ozone profiles is assessed using the weather cluster analysis system of Ngan and Byun (2008). In addition, profile changes from before to after a frontal passage are also assessed and a determination of descending stratospheric air influences on surface ozone concentrations is made. The same analysis will be done on the larger Tropospheric Ozone Pollution Project (TOPP) data set (2004 2009) to provide a historical context for the campaign data.

Session 6A, The Study of Houston Atmospheric Radical Precursors (SHARP) - I
Thursday, 21 January 2010, 8:30 AM-9:45 AM, B315

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