We present a new emissions module for the ICON (ICOsahedral Non-hydrostatic)-ART (Aerosols and Reactive Trace gases) modelling framework. The emissions module processes external flux data sets and increments the tracer volume mixing ratios in the boundary layer accordingly. In addition, the module for online calculations of biogenic emissions (MEGAN2.1) is implemented in ICON-ART and can replace the offline biogenic emission data sets.
The performance of the emissions module is illustrated with simulations of acetone, using a simplified chemical depletion mechanism based on a reaction with OH and photolysis only.
In our model setup, we calculate a tropospheric acetone lifetime of 33 days, which is in good agreement with the literature. We compare our results with airborne IAGOS-CARIBIC measurements in the upper troposphere and lowermost stratosphere (UTLS) in terms of phase and amplitude of the annual cycle. In all our ICON-ART simulations the general seasonal variability is well represented but questions remain concerning the magnitude of the acetone emissions and its atmospheric lifetime.
We conclude that the new emissions module performs well and allows the simulation of the annual cycles of emissions dominatedconcentrations even with a simple chemistry only.