Articles | Volume 8, issue 3
Development and technical paper
20 Mar 2015
Development and technical paper |  | 20 Mar 2015

Evaluation of the global aerosol microphysical ModelE2-TOMAS model against satellite and ground-based observations

Y. H. Lee, P. J. Adams, and D. T. Shindell

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We have implemented the TwO-Moment Aerosol Sectional (TOMAS) microphysics model in NASA GISS ModelE2, called “ModelE2-TOMAS”. We compared global budgets of ModelE2-TOMAS to other global aerosol models and evaluated the model with various observations such as aerosol precursor gas, aerosol mass, number concentrations, and aerosol optical depth. We found that ModelE2-TOMAS agrees with observations reasonably and that its predictions are within the range of other global aerosol model predictions.