Multidisciplinary discussions of convective chemical transport
Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
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Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 84, Issue 34, pages 327–330, 26 August 2003
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The importance of atmospheric chemical transport processes by moist convection has been increasingly recognized in the atmospheric chemistry community in recent years. In turn, the moist convection community has begun to recognize the value of trace gas measurements as a diagnostic tool for studying the detailed physics of convective clouds. This has led to a wide array of theoretical and experimental scientific investigations, and has been emphasized in various field experiments such as PEM (Pacific Exploratory Missions) Tropics A and B, TRACE-P (TRAnsport and Chemical Evolution over the Pacific), EULINOX (European Lightning Nitrogen Oxides Project), INDOEX (INDian Ocean Experiment), and CONTRACE (CONvective transport of TRACe gases into the middle and upper troposphere over Europe).
Moist convection can efficiently transport the chemical species vertically via strong convective updrafts. But at the same time, the scavenging associated with convective precipitation can efficiently remove the soluble species. Contributions of microphysics to chemistry are also critical. Yet, the parameterization of these convective processes, even at the basic thermodynamic level, still remains an overall unresolved problem in global modeling.