Polar middle atmospheric responses to medium energy electron (Mee) precipitation using numerical model simulations

Ji Hee Lee, Geonhwa Jee, Young Sil Kwak, Heejin Hwang, Annika Seppälä, In Sun Song, Esa Turunen, Dae Young Lee

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Energetic particle precipitation (EPP) is known to be an important source of chemical changes in the polar middle atmosphere in winter. Recent modeling studies further suggest that chemical changes induced by EPP can also cause dynamic changes in the middle atmosphere. In this study, we investigated the atmospheric responses to the precipitation of medium-to-high energy electrons (MEEs) over the period 2005–2013 using the Specific Dynamics Whole Atmosphere Community Climate Model (SD-WACCM). Our results show that the MEE precipitation significantly increases the amounts of NOx and HOx, resulting in mesospheric and stratospheric ozone losses by up to 60% and 25% respectively during polar winter. The MEE-induced ozone loss generally increases the temperature in the lower mesosphere but decreases the temperature in the upper mesosphere with large year-to-year variability, not only by radiative effects but also by adiabatic effects. The adiabatic effects by meridional circulation changes may be dominant for the mesospheric temperature changes. In particular, the meridional circulation changes occasionally act in opposite ways to vary the temperature in terms of height variations, especially at around the solar minimum period with low geomagnetic activity, which cancels out the temperature changes to make the average small in the polar mesosphere for the 9-year period.

Original languageEnglish
Article number133
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Feb

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Funding Information:
Acknowledgments: Y.-S.K. is supported by basic research funding from Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute (KASI). CESM source code is distributed through a public subversion repository ( http://www.cesm.ucar.edu/models/cesm1.0/).

Funding Information:
Funding: This research was funded by the grants PE21020 & PE20360 from the Korea Polar Research Institute.

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© 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.

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  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)


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