Implementation of aerosol data assimilation in WRFDA (V4.0.3) for WRF-Chem (V3.9.1) using the MADE/VBS scheme
- National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado, USA
Abstract. The Weather Research and Forecasting model data assimilation (WRFDA) system, initially designed for meteorological data assimilation, is extended for aerosol data assimilation for the WRF model coupled with Chemistry (WRF-Chem). An interface between WRF-Chem and WRFDA is built for the Regional Atmospheric Chemistry Mechanism (RACM) chemistry and the Modal Aerosol Dynamics Model for Europe (MADE) coupled with the Volatility Basis Set (VBS) aerosol schemes. This article describes the implementation of the new interface for assimilating PM2.5, PM10, and four gas species (SO2, NO2, O3, and co) on the ground. And the effects of aerosol data assimilation are briefly examined through a month-long case study during the Korea-United States Air Quality (KORUS-AQ) period. It is demonstrated that the 3DVAR analysis can lead to consistent forecast improvements up to 26 %, diminishing most systematic bias errors for 24 h.
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