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ID: 533895.0, MPI für Meteorologie / Atmosphere in the Earth System
Radon activity in the lower troposphere and its impact on ionization rate: A global estimate using different radon emissions
Authors:Zhang, K.; Feichter, J.; Kazil, J.; Wan, H.; Zhuo, W.; Griffiths, A.; Sartorius, H.; Zahorowski, W.; Ramonet, M.; Schmidt, M.; Yver, C.; Neubert, R. E. M.; Brunke, E.
Language:English
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2011
Title of Journal:Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions
Journal Abbrev.:Atmos. Chem. Phys. Disc.
Volume:11
Start Page:3251
End Page:3300
Copyright:DOI: 10.5194/acpd-11-3251-2011
Review Status:not specified
Audience:Not Specified
Abstract / Description:The radioactive decay of radon and its progeny can lead to ionization of air molecules and consequently influence aerosol size distribution. In order to provide a global estimate of the radon-related ionization rate, we use the global atmospheric model ECHAM5 to simulate transport and decay processes of the radioactive tracers. A global radon emission map is put together using regional fluxes reported recently in the literature. The near-surface radon concentrations simulated with this new map compare well with measurements. Radon-related ionization rate is calculated and compared to that caused by cosmic rays. The contribution of radon and its progeny clearly exceeds that of the cosmic rays in the mid-and low-latitude land areas in the surface layer. In winter, strong radon-related ionization coincides with low temperature in China, USA, and Russia, providing favorable condition for the formation of aerosol particles. This suggests that it is probably useful to include the radon-induced ionization in global models when investigating the interaction between aerosol and climate. © 2011 Author(s).
External Publication Status:accepted
Document Type:Article
Communicated by:Carola Kauhs
Affiliations:MPI für Meteorologie/Atmosphere in the Earth System
MPI für Meteorologie/IMPRS Earth System Modelling
Identifiers:DOI:10.5194/acpd-11-3251-2011
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