Aircraft emissions of NOx: Radiative forcing from long-Term stratospheric changes of H

G. Pitari, G. Di Genova, E. Mancini, I. Cionni, O.A. Sovde, L. Lim

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Two independent chemistry-Transport models with troposphere-stratosphere coupling are used to quantify the different components of the radiative forcing (RF) from aircraft emissions of NOx, i.e., the University of L'Aquila climate-chemistry model (ULAQ-CCM) and the University of Oslo chemistry-Transport model (Oslo-CTM3). The tropospheric NO∗ enhancement due to aircraft emissions produces a short-Term O3 increase with a positive RF (+17.3±2.1 mW/m2) (the uncertainty range represents the spread between the two models). This is partly compensated by the CH4 decrease due to the OH enhancement (-9.4±1.0 mW/m2). The latter is a long-Term response calculated using a surface CH4 flux boundary condition (FBC). This induces a long-Term response of tropospheric O3 due to less HO2 being available for O3 production, compared with the reference case where a constant CH4 surface mixing ratio boundary condition is used (MBC) (-3.92±0.01 mW/m ). The CII4 decrease induces a long-Term response of stratospheric H2O (-1.2±0.1 m\V/m2). The latter finally perturbs IIOx and NOx in the stratosphere, with a more efficient NOx cycle for mid-stratospheric O3depiction and a decreased O3production from HO2+NO in the lower stratosphere. This produces a long-Term stratospheric 63 loss, with a negative RF (-1.4±0.1 mW/m2), compared with the CII4 MBC case. Other minor contributions to the net NOx RF are those due to N02absorption of UV-A (+0.5±0.1 mW/m2), increasing sulphate due to more efficient OH oxidation of SO2 (-0.2 mW/m2) and increasing nitrates formed via NO3+ BVOC or HNO3heterogeneous reactions (-3.1 mW/m2). These aerosol contributions have been calculated only in the ULAQ-CCM. According to these model calculations, aviation NOx emissions for 2006 produced a small global net cooling effect of-1.3±0.8 mW/m2 (an average of ULAQ-CCM and Oslo-CTM3 results). The ULAQ-CCM's calculated RF is -2.1 mW/m2 (03 column changes of+0.32 and -0.056 DU in troposphere and stratosphere, respectively), whereas the Oslo-CTM3,s calculated RF is -0.5 mW/m2 (O3column changes of +0.45 and -0.082 DU in troposphere and stratosphere, respectively).
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Applied Mathematics

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Pitari, G., Di Genova, G., Mancini, E., Cionni, I., Sovde, O. A., & Lim, L. (2015). Aircraft emissions of NOx: Radiative forcing from long-Term stratospheric changes of H.