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On the relation between ozone storage in the residual layer and daily variation in near-surface ozone concentration — A case study


Numerous tethered balloon soundings which measured meteorological parameters and ozone concentration during the POLLUMET field experiments are investigated. They give indications of the influence of ozone conservation in the nocturnal residual layer (RL) on the development of the near surface ozone concentration of the next day. Mixing down from the RL to the surface is simulated by a simple model based on transilient turbulence theory, using measured profiles as initial values or model verification. The cases investigated show that the ozone mixed down from the RL contributes 50–70% to the maximum concentration near the surface on the following day, the rest coming from chemical production and possibly advection. Various features of exchange characteristics between the RL and the nocturnal boundary layer, (NBL) are described by the analysis of the soundings. It can be shown that the vertical exchange situation during the night can have a considerable influence on the ozone concentration of the following day.

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Neu, U., Künzle, T. & Wanner, H. On the relation between ozone storage in the residual layer and daily variation in near-surface ozone concentration — A case study. Boundary-Layer Meteorol 69, 221–247 (1994). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00708857

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  • Ozone
  • Advection
  • Ozone Concentration
  • Meteorological Parameter
  • Model Verification