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HYSPLIT and the Generic Reaction Set (GRS) for Ozone Formation

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The Generic Reaction Set (GRS) model by Azzi (1993,1994) is a semi-empirical approach, but it is written in terms of a non-steady state chemical mechanism using the reaction rate equations for the seven species. The GRS is not limited by the photo-stationary steady-state assumption of the IER model. Unlike the IER model, the implementation of the GRS model within the framework of a meteorological transport and dispersion model is non-linear and requires adding the precursor contributions from all sources before integration. The GRS model has been evaluated by Venkatram (1994) and Tonnesen and Jeffries (1994). The core subroutines used in HYSPLIT to compute ozone formation using the GRS were developed by Martin Cope, Victoria EPA, and later modified by G.D. Hess, BMRC, BoM, Melbourne, Australia. The key to properly linking a Lagrangian model with Eulerian chemistry is the conversion of particle mass to concentration and then back to particle mass after the chemistry has been applied. The method of Stein (2000) is used in the HYSPLIT-GRS module.

Azzi, M.; Johnson, G.M. Airtrak: new developments, Clean Air 1993, 27, 191-193.

Azzi, M.; Johnson, G.M.; Cope, M. An introduction to the generic reaction set photochemical smog mechanism, In Proceedings of the International Conference of Clean Air Soc. of Aust. and N.Z. 1992, 2, 451-462.

Stein, A. Incorporation of detailed chemistry into a three-dimensional Lagrangian-Eulerian hybrid model, Atm. Environ. 34: 4361-4372.

Tonnesen, S.; Jeffries, H.E. Inhibition of odd oxygen production in the carbon bond four and generic reaction set mechanisms, Atmos. Environ. 1994, 28, 1339-1349.

Venkatram, A.; Karamchandani, P.; Pai, P.; Goldstein, R. The development and application of a simplified ozone modeling system (SOMS), Atmos. Environ. 1994, 28, 3665-3678.


Equation Overview

  1. Radical production from photo-oxidation of ROC

    ROC + hv -> RP + ROC

    k1 = 0.0067 k3 f(T)

  2. Oxidation of nitric oxide by radicals

    RP + NO -> NO2

    k2 = 3.58 x 106 T-1

  3. Photolysis of nitrogen dioxide to nitric oxide

    NO2 + hv -> NO + O3

    k3 = f(a,R)

  4. Nitric oxide-ozone titration reaction

    NO + O3 -> NO2

     k4 = 9.24 x 105 T-1 e-1450/T

  5. Radical pool sink through recombination to stable products

    RP + RP -> RP

    k5 = 10200

  6. Sink for nitrogen dioxide to stable gaseous nitrates

    RP + NO2 -> SGN

    k6 = 120

  7. Sink for nitrogen dioxide to stable non-gaseous nitrates

    RP + NO2 -> SNGN

    k7 = 120

Modified: June 11, 2015
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