Medium Energy Electron effects on the middle atmosphere in the Whole Atmosphere Community Climate Model

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Tuesday, 4 February 2014: 5:00 PM
Room C110 (The Georgia World Congress Center )
Ethan D. Peck, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO; and C. E. Randall, J. C. Green, J. V. Rodriguez, and D. R. Marsh

High-top general circulation models do not have a comprehensive representation of energetic particles in the medium energy range of 30keV to 2MeV. This work will show results of adding Medium Energy Electrons (MEE) to the Whole Atmosphere Community Climate Model (WACCM). MEE data measured by the Medium Energy Proton/Electron Detector on board the Polar Operational Environmental Satellites (POES MEPED) are assimilated into the model by creating high temporal resolution hemispheric maps. The addition of MEE affects NOx and ozone distributions. We also investigate possible MEE-induced changes in temperature, winds, and subsequent filtering of waves in the atmosphere, and subsequent filtering of waves in the atmosphere. The goal is to understand the extent to which MEE acts to change the vertical coupling of the middle atmosphere. This work will show that high-top models need to include MEE to accurately simulate the observed atmosphere.