3B.6 Initial Applications of the New Cross-Track Infrared Sounder (CrIS) Satellite Observations of Ammonia

Monday, 8 January 2018: 11:45 AM
Room 18CD (ACC) (Austin, Texas)
Mark W. Shephard, Environment Canada, Toronto, Canada; and S. K. Kharol, C. McLinden, C. E. Sioris, K. Cady-Pereira, E. Dammers, J. J. Siemons, L. Zhang, C. Whaley, J. Zhang, A. Segers, M. Schaap, J. M. O'Brien, P. A. Makar, and R. Vet

Ammonia (NH3) is essential for agricultural activities and is one of the most important reactive nitrogen species in any ecosystem. Reactive nitrogen is an essential nutrient to plants, a limiting element for growth in many ecosystems, and can come from different nitrogen compounds in the atmosphere. However, in excess it can have harmful effects such as soil acidification (Galloway et al., 2003), water eutrophication (i.e. algae blooms) (Bergstrom et al., 2006), changes to vegetation types, and biodiversity loss (e.g. Fenn et al., 2010; Sheppard et al., 2011). Ammonia reacts quickly in the atmosphere with acidic species to produce a significant fraction of fine mode particulate matter (PM2.5), which is associated with smog and adverse effects on the environment and human health. Emissions of ammonia from anthropogenic activities have largely been unregulated globally, and it is the only PM2.5 precursor that is both currently increasing (Warner et al., 2017) and projected to continue to increase throughout the next century globally (e.g. Paulot et al., 2013) due to increased demand for more and better food (e.g. more livestock production, greater use of fertilizer for crops), especially in developing countries. Despite all this, there are still large uncertainties in our knowledge of the sources and spatiotemporal distributions of NH3 at regional and global scales. However, recent satellite observations are providing a greater understanding of its emission sources, atmospheric transport, and deposition. Presented here are initial applications from the derived CrIS Fast Physical Retrieval (CFPR) NH3 satellite observations (Shephard and Cady-Pereira, 2015). These initial CFPR derived applications include: (i) the monitoring and transport of NH3 concentrations across North America, (ii) air quality model (e.g. GEM-MACH) evaluations, such as investigating the contributions of different sources to ambient ammonia in the Athabasca Oil Sands and north-western Canada, with a newly implemented bidirectional flux scheme (Whaley et al., 2017), and an initial evaluation of the spatiotemporal NH3 emission profiles used in the model, (iii) computing the dry deposition flux of reactive nitrogen from ammonia across North America (Kharol et al., 2017), (iv) deriving ammonia emissions (e.g. Fort McMurray fires) from the CrIS observations (e.g. Shephard et al., 2017), and (v) the first assimilation exercise constraining NH3 emissions in north-western Europe.


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