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Model evidence for a significant source of secondary organic aerosol from isoprene

  • Author(s): van Donkelaar, A
  • Martin, RV
  • Park, RJ
  • Heald, CL
  • Fu, TM
  • Liao, H
  • Guenther, A
  • et al.

We investigate how a recently suggested pathway for production of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) affects the consistency of simulated organic aerosol (OA) mass in a global three-dimensional model of oxidant-aerosol chemistry (GEOS-Chem) versus surface measurements from the interagency monitoring of protected visual environments (IMPROVE) network. Simulations in which isoprene oxidation products contribute to SOA formation, with a yield of 2.0% by mass reduce a model bias versus measured OA surface mass concentrations. The resultant increase in simulated OA mass concentrations during summer of 0.6-1.0 μg m-3 in the southeastern United States reduces the regional RMSE to 0.88 μg m-3 from 1.26 μg m-3. Spring and fall biases are also reduced, with little change in winter when isoprene emissions are negligible. © 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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