Articles | Volume 10, issue 11
Geosci. Model Dev., 10, 3941–3962, 2017
Geosci. Model Dev., 10, 3941–3962, 2017

Model evaluation paper 01 Nov 2017

Model evaluation paper | 01 Nov 2017

A description and evaluation of an air quality model nested within global and regional composition-climate models using MetUM

Lucy S. Neal et al.

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This paper concerns aspects of downscaling global atmospheric composition and chemistry model predictions on the continental and UK national scale. A two-step nested model configuration was developed and used to simulate UK air quality for a 5-year period under present-day conditions. The results show some benefits associated with higher-resolution modelling for primary emitted pollutants, but also highlight the importance of consistency between the nested models.