Measuring and modeling the tropospheric hydroxyl radical (OH)

A. M. Thompson

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Efforts to measure the tropospheric hydroxyl radical concentration OH, began 20 yr ago. New measurements put constraints on photochemical models that compute OH and other species. Reproducing observed OH with a model is more successful in some regimes than in others with calculated OH usually within 20% of measurements. This paper reviews OH photochemistry, comparisons of model-derived and measured OH in the continental boundary layer, and model calculation of OH in the marine boundary layer and free troposphere when high-frequency aircraft measurements of O3 and related trace gases are assimilated into a photochemical model. Factors affecting model calculations of OH - nonlinearities, imprecisions in kinetics, differences among model formulation - are also discussed. -from Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3315-3327
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of the Atmospheric Sciences
Issue number19
StatePublished - 1995

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atmospheric Science


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