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ADRIEX: Domain filling trajectories from UTRAJ model

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Latest Data Update: 2004-09-13
Status: Completed
Online Status: ONLINE
Publication State: Published
Publication Date: 2016-04-13
Download Stats: last 12 months
Dataset Size: 192 Files | 2GB


The Aerosol Direct Radiative Impact Experiment (ADRIEX) was a joint UK Met Office/Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)/UK Royal Society/University of Oslo project aiming at improving our understanding of the radiative effects of anthropogenic aerosol and gases (ozone and methane) in the troposphere.

This dataset contains forecast trajectories computed using UTRAJ.

The term “particle trajectory” describes the path of a point which is blown by a time dependent wind field (i.e. (u, v, w) as a function of (x, y, z, t)). Trajectories following the analysed wind field are described by their coordinates (e.g. longitude, latitude, pressure) at regularly spaced time intervals. “Domain filling” refers to calculations where the arrival points of back trajectories (or release points for forward trajectories) form a dense, regular grid in a specified volume. The term “reverse” is used to indicate that the particles are followed backwards in time. Back trajectories are assumed to arrive on a 3D grid consisting of a stack of horizontal grids (regular in longitude and latitude) on a range of pressure levels. Forward trajectories are assumed to depart from similar grids. The trajectory length (time before arrival for back trajectories) is denoted by the letter T. Other fields can also be recorded following the trajectories: for example, temperature, specific humidity or potential vorticity. These extra fields are described as “attributes” and will be denoted by the variable C. The change in the value of an attribute over the length of a trajectory is denoted by C(0) − C(T).

Citable as:  UK Royal Society; University of Oslo; Highwood, E.J.; Haywood, J. (2016): ADRIEX: Domain filling trajectories from UTRAJ model. NCAS British Atmospheric Data Centre, date of citation.
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Trajectories and other forecast products calculated by John Methven (University of Reading), based on European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) forecast wind fields, to support Aerosol Direct Radiative Impact Experiment (ADRIEX) flight planning.

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Data are netCDF or NASA Ames formatted

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This dataset was generated by the computation detailed below.

Methven trajectory model deployed on Reading University computer


This computation involved: Methven trajectory model deployed on Reading University computer. John Methven, Reading University's reverse domain filling trajectory model. This can also give accumulated anthropogenic and biogenic emissions along trajectories.

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