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Extensive Comparison Between a Set of European Dust Regional Models and Observations in the Western Mediterranean for the Summer 2012 Pre-ChArMEx/TRAQA Campaign

  • Sara Basart
  • F. Dulac
  • J. M. Baldasano
  • P. Nabat
  • M. Mallet
  • F. Solmon
  • B. Laurent
  • J. Vincent
  • L. Menut
  • L. El Amraoui
  • B. Sic
  • J.-P. Chaboureau
  • J.-F. Léon
  • K. Schepanski
  • J.-B. Renard
  • F. Ravetta
  • J. Pelon
  • C. Di Biagio
  • P. Formenti
  • I. Chiapello
  • J.-L. Roujean
  • X. Ceamanos
  • D. Carrer
  • M. Sicard
  • H. Delbarre
  • G. Roberts
  • W. Junkermann
  • J.-L. Attié
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Complexity book series (SPCOM)

Abstract

The present analysis focuses on the model capability to properly simulate long-range Saharan dust transport for summer 2012 in the Western Mediterranean. The present contribution shows an intercomparison of a set of 9 European regional dust model simulations. An exhaustive comparison of model outputs against other models and observations can reveal weaknesses of individual models, provide an assessment of uncertainties in simulating the dust cycle and give additional information on sources for potential model improvement. The model outputs are compared against a variety of both ground-based and airborne in situ and remote sensing measurements performed during the pre-ChArMEx/TRAQA field campaign. For this kind of study, multiple and different observations are combined to deliver a detailed idea of the structure and evolution of the dust cloud and the state of the atmosphere at the different stages of the event.

Keywords

Aerosol Optical Depth Saharan Dust Forecast Uncertainty Dust Model Dust Outbreak 
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Notes

Acknowledgments

The authors want to acknowledge the OMP/SEDOO for the ChArMEx data portal and to CNES for balloon operations and funding. The other main sponsors of the campaign were ADEME and INSU under the umbrella of the programmes PRIMEQUAL and MISTRALS. LOAC was developed with funding from ANR.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sara Basart
    • 1
  • F. Dulac
    • 2
  • J. M. Baldasano
    • 1
    • 3
  • P. Nabat
    • 4
  • M. Mallet
    • 5
  • F. Solmon
    • 6
  • B. Laurent
    • 7
  • J. Vincent
    • 7
  • L. Menut
    • 8
  • L. El Amraoui
    • 4
  • B. Sic
    • 4
  • J.-P. Chaboureau
    • 5
  • J.-F. Léon
    • 5
  • K. Schepanski
    • 9
  • J.-B. Renard
    • 10
  • F. Ravetta
    • 11
  • J. Pelon
    • 11
  • C. Di Biagio
    • 7
  • P. Formenti
    • 7
  • I. Chiapello
    • 12
  • J.-L. Roujean
    • 4
  • X. Ceamanos
    • 4
  • D. Carrer
    • 4
  • M. Sicard
    • 13
  • H. Delbarre
    • 14
  • G. Roberts
    • 4
  • W. Junkermann
    • 15
  • J.-L. Attié
    • 4
    • 5
  1. 1.Earth Sciences DepartmentBarcelona Supercomputing Center—Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS)BarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Laboratoire Des Sciences Du Climat et de L’Environnement (LSCE), CEA-CNRS-USVQGif-Sur-YvetteFrance
  3. 3.Environmental Modelling LaboratoryTechnical University of CataloniaBarcelonaSpain
  4. 4.Centre National de Recherches Météorologiques (CNRM), Météo-France-CNRSToulouseFrance
  5. 5.Laboratoire D’Aérologie, CNRS-UnivToulouseFrance
  6. 6.Earth System PhysicsInt. Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), UNESCO-IAEATriesteItaly
  7. 7.LISA,UPEC-UDDP7-CNRS, IPSLCréteilFrance
  8. 8.Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique, IPSL, CNRS/INSU, Ecole Polytechnique, Ecole Normale SupérieurePalaiseauFrance
  9. 9.Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric ResearchLeipzigGermany
  10. 10.Laboratoire de Physique et Chimie de L’Environnement et de L’Espace (LPC2E), CNRS-UnivOrléansFrance
  11. 11.Laboratoire Atmosphères, Milieux, Observations Spatiales (LATMOS), CNRS-UPMC-UVSQParisFrance
  12. 12.Laboratoire D’Optique Atmosphérique (LOA), USTL-CNRSVilleneuve D’AscqFrance
  13. 13.Remote Sensing Laboratory (RSLab)/IEEC-CRAE, Univ. Politècnica de CatalunyaBarcelonaSpain
  14. 14.Laboratoire de Physico-Chimie de L’Atmosphère (LPCA), Univ. Du Littoral Côte D’Opale-CNRSDunkirkFrance
  15. 15.Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), IMK-IFUGarmisch-PartenkirchenGermany

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