• Prabha R Nair

      Articles written in Journal of Earth System Science

    • Variations of trace gases over the Bay of Bengal during the summer monsoon

      I A Girach Narendra Ojha Prabha R Nair Yogesh K Tiwari K Ravi Kumar

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      In situ measurements of near-surface ozone (O₃), carbon monoxide (CO), and methane (CH₄) were carried out over the Bay of Bengal (BoB) as a part of the Continental Tropical Convergence Zone (CTCZ) campaign during the summer monsoon season of 2009. O₃, CO and CH₄ mixing ratios varied in the ranges of 8–54 ppbv, 50–200 ppbv and 1.57–2.15 ppmv, respectively during 16 July–17 August 2009. The spatial distribution of mean tropospheric O₃ from satellite retrievals is found to be similar to that in surfaceO₃ observations, with higher levels over coastal and northern BoB as compared to central BoB. The comparison of in situ measurements with the Monitoring Atmospheric Composition & Climate (MACC) global reanalysis shows that MACC simulations reproduce the observations with small mean biases of1.6 ppbv, –2.6 ppbv and 0.07 ppmv for O₃, CO and CH4, respectively. The analysis of diurnal variation of O₃ based on observations and the simulations from Weather Research and Forecasting coupled with Chemistry (WRF-Chem) at a stationary point over the BoB did not show a net photochemical build up during daytime. Satellite retrievals show limitations in capturing CH₄ variations as measured by in situ sample analysis highlighting the need of more shipborne in situ measurements of trace gases over thisregion during monsoon.

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