A Steady-State Stratospheric Aerosol Model

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  • 1 Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Wyoming, Laramie 82071
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Abstract

This paper deals with the development of a one-dimensional steady-state stratospheric aerosol model and the subsequent perturbations caused by including the expected space shuttle particulate effluents in the model. Two approaches to the basic modeling effort have been made: in one, enough simplifying assumptions were introduced so that a more or less exact solution to the descriptive equations could be obtained; in the other, very few simplifications were made and a computer technique was used to solve the equations. The most complete form of the model contains the effects of sedimentation, diffusion, particle growth and coagulation. The results indicate that the model is capable of describing many aspects of the stratospheric aerosol layer, such as size distribution and the vertical profile of particles >0.3 μm diameter.

Abstract

This paper deals with the development of a one-dimensional steady-state stratospheric aerosol model and the subsequent perturbations caused by including the expected space shuttle particulate effluents in the model. Two approaches to the basic modeling effort have been made: in one, enough simplifying assumptions were introduced so that a more or less exact solution to the descriptive equations could be obtained; in the other, very few simplifications were made and a computer technique was used to solve the equations. The most complete form of the model contains the effects of sedimentation, diffusion, particle growth and coagulation. The results indicate that the model is capable of describing many aspects of the stratospheric aerosol layer, such as size distribution and the vertical profile of particles >0.3 μm diameter.

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