Articles | Volume 12, issue 10
Geosci. Model Dev., 12, 4409–4424, 2019
Geosci. Model Dev., 12, 4409–4424, 2019

Model evaluation paper 21 Oct 2019

Model evaluation paper | 21 Oct 2019

Simulating lightning NO production in CMAQv5.2: performance evaluations

Daiwen Kang et al.

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This paper provides a comprehensive evaluation of the lightning production schemes in CMAQ as described in on model performance. The impact of lightning NOx from different schemes is evaluated in time and space using both ground–level network measurements and aloft (ozonesonde and aircraft) observations. These results provide users the benchmark model performance when the lightning NOx production schemes are applied.