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PM2.5 concentration from history files


I have outputs of separate aerosols in my history files. How do I calculate the PM2.5 concentration from the separate aerosol species? 


Swarnali Sanyal
Graduate Student
Department of Atmospheric Sciences
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign


Hi Swarnali,

i wodner if you get this solved? since I  am also facing this questions and cannot find any documentations to help me out. Would be much appreciated


Cheers, Alcide

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——Alcide D. Zhao——

PhD in Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences

School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh



You have to DIY for an accurate calculation of total PM2.5 in MAM3/7. Take MAM3 for example, total PM2.5 is composed of total mass in the Aitken and Accumulation modes and a part from the Coarse mode. To get the coarse part, you need to integrate its log-normal spectrum up to 2.5 micron (size range of coarse mode is typically 0.8 to 3.6).




Hi all,

An update on Yuan's comments. CESM1 doesn't output PM2.5 directly, so it needs to be calculated from the species of the chemical mechanism.

If you use the Bulk Mode aerosol scheme in CESM,
       with OA=1.8xOC+SOA, BC=CB1+CB2, OC=OC1+OC2 (which are the hydrophobic and hydrophilic forms).
       DST01 and DST02 are dust with diameter < 2.5 um and SSLT01 and SSLT02 are seasalt with diameter < 2.5 um.
       Also check what SOA scheme when applicable

If you use CAM3/7, as commented by Yuan above, please refer Table 1 in this paper ( for the diameter distribution of aerool particles in the aerosol modes, and sum the mass of all aerosol species up (caution for sea-salt and dust in the Coarse mode, which should be only a part of the integraion). Note that in MAM3/7, sulphate is partly neutralized by ammonium in the form of NH4HSO4 so that ammonium is effectively prescribed and NH3 aerosol is not simulated.

Please feel free to comment/perfect this!

Cheers, Alcide

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