Articles | Volume 9, issue 2
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-9-875-2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-9-875-2016
Methods for assessment of models
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01 Mar 2016
Methods for assessment of models |  | 01 Mar 2016

Representativeness errors in comparing chemistry transport and chemistry climate models with satellite UV–Vis tropospheric column retrievals

K. F. Boersma, G. C. M. Vinken, and H. J. Eskes

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Satellite measurements of pollutants and greenhouse gases are useful to test and improve atmospheric models. But this requires that modellers account for the spatial and temporal representativeness and the vertical sensitivity of the satellite measurements. This paper provides guidelines on how to carry out a faithful model-satellite comparison for species such as nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and formaldehyde that play a key role in air pollution studies.