Aerosol and Clouds
Winter interactions between aerosols and weather regimes in the North Atlantic European region
Article first published online: 4 MAY 2010
Copyright 2010 by the American Geophysical Union.
Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres (1984–2012)
Volume 115, Issue D9, 16 May 2010
How to Cite
2010), Winter interactions between aerosols and weather regimes in the North Atlantic European region, J. Geophys. Res., 115, D09201, doi:10.1029/2009JD012480., , , and (
- Issue published online: 4 MAY 2010
- Article first published online: 4 MAY 2010
- Manuscript Accepted: 21 DEC 2009
- Manuscript Revised: 4 DEC 2009
- Manuscript Received: 14 MAY 2009
- aerosol modeling;
- weather regimes
 This study aims at understanding the winter interactions between aerosols and weather regimes in the North Atlantic European region. As a first step, a 6 year simulation of sulfate, black carbon (BC), and dust is performed with a Chemical Transport Model (CTM), forced by the meteorological data issued from the European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecast Integrated Forecast System model. The CTM uses the emissions inventory of aerosols and precursor gases provided by the AERosol Comparison between Observations and Models project. In this experiment, atmospheric dynamical processes associated with the different regimes can impact by up to 25% the burden of sulfate and BC and by up to 80% the burden of mineral dust, through the modification of deposition, transport, and chemistry processes. As a second step, the patterns of aerosol anomalies induced by each weather regime are used to force experiments performed with an Atmosphere General Circulation Model. The mean persistence of the negative phase of the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO–) and the zonal regime is reduced by 1.78 and 0.88 days, respectively, when the atmosphere is forced with the patterns of aerosols induced by the zonal regime and the blocking regime, respectively. This suggests that the interaction between the atmosphere and its aerosol concentration could destabilize the NAO– regime that occurs after a zonal episode. The same conclusion can be set out for a zonal regime that occurs after a blocking episode.