Eighth Conference on Atmospheric Chemistry
14th Joint Conference on the Applications of Air Pollution Meteorology with the Air and Waste Management Assoc


A multi-scale observational and modeling approach to the characterization of upper tropospheric composition and Stratospheric-Tropospheric exchange during INTEX-A

Melody A. Avery, NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA; and A. M. Thompson, E. V. Browell, B. Pierce, G. Diskin, G. Sachse, J. E. Dibb, and R. C. Cohen

A complex mixture of chemical and dynamical processes that occur simultaneously on many spatial and temporal scales forms the bulk composition of the upper troposphere over North America. During the INTEX-A field mission, multi-scale ozone measurements were made from aircraft, satellite and balloon platforms. Using a geophysical analysis approach and a regional-scale model, we show how the various measurements fit together, and we investigate how each type of measurement contributes uniquely to characterization of the upper troposphere and tropopause region. We relate atmospheric measurements across many scales of motion, from planetary wave-breaking to small-scale gravity waves. This presentation serves the dual purpose of illustrating the complex structure and origins of upper tropospheric air, and the synergy that can be obtained by combining measurements among many differing spatial and temporal scales. We use our results from INTEX-A as a working example of how the new planned Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) will benefit atmospheric science.

Joint Session 1, Photochemical Modeling and Monitoring (Joint between the 8th Conference on Atmospheric Chemistry and the 14th Joint Conference on the Applications of Air Pollution Meteorology with the A&WMA)
Wednesday, 1 February 2006, 8:30 AM-12:00 PM, A407

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