Articles | Volume 10, issue 11
Geosci. Model Dev., 10, 4057–4079, 2017

Special issue: Particle-based methods for simulating atmospheric aerosol...

Geosci. Model Dev., 10, 4057–4079, 2017

Model description paper 09 Nov 2017

Model description paper | 09 Nov 2017

A single-column particle-resolved model for simulating the vertical distribution of aerosol mixing state: WRF-PartMC-MOSAIC-SCM v1.0

Jeffrey H. Curtis et al.

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Traditional aerosol representations rely on simplifying assumptions about the aerosol composition in order to reduce computational cost. This introduces errors in estimates of aerosol impacts on climate. In contrast, the WRF-PartMC-MOSAIC-SCM model, presented here, uses a particle-resolved aerosol representation. It is made feasible by the development of efficient numerical methods, and allows for the capture of complex aerosol mixing states with altitude.