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An assessment of the climatological representativeness of IAGOS-CARIBIC trace gas measurements using EMAC model simulations

Eckstein, Johannes; Ruhnke, Roland; Zahn, Andreas; Neumaier, Marco; Kirner, Ole; Braesicke, Peter

Measurement data from the long-term passenger aircraft project IAGOS-CARIBIC are often used to derive climatologies of trace gases in the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere (UTLS). We investigate to what extent such climatologies are representative of the true state of the atmosphere. Climatologies are considered relative to the tropopause in mid-latitudes (35 to 75° N) for trace gases with different atmospheric lifetimes. Using the chemistry–climate model EMAC, we sample the modeled trace gases along CARIBIC flight tracks. Representativeness is then assessed by comparing the CARIBIC sampled model data to the full climatological model state. Three statistical methods are applied for the investigation of representativeness: the Kolmogorov–Smirnov test and two scores based on the variability and relative differences.

Two requirements for any score describing representativeness are essential: representativeness is expected to increase (i) with the number of samples and (ii) with decreasing variability of the species considered. Based on these two requirements, we investigate the suitability of the different statistical measu ... mehr

Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung - Atmosphärische Spurenstoffe und Fernerkundung (IMK-ASF)
Steinbuch Centre for Computing (SCC)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Jahr 2017
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator DOI: 10.5194/acp-17-2775-2017
ISSN: 1680-7324, 1680-7316
URN: urn:nbn:de:swb:90-665175
KITopen ID: 1000066517
HGF-Programm 12.03.01; LK 01
Erschienen in Atmospheric chemistry and physics
Band 17
Heft 4
Seiten 2775–2794
Lizenz CC BY 3.0 DE: Creative Commons Namensnennung 3.0 Deutschland
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