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Research article
17 Nov 2017
Research article |  | 17 Nov 2017

Quantification of the effect of modeled lightning NO2 on UV–visible air mass factors

Joshua L. Laughner and Ronald C. Cohen

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NO2 (a gas that plays an important role in air quality) can be measured by satellite-based instruments. These measurements require a best guess of the vertical distribution of NO2 and are very sensitive to the changes in that distribution near the top of the troposphere (~ 12 km). NO2 concentrations at this altitude are strongly influenced by lightning; therefore, we study how different representations of lightning in models that provide that best guess affect the NO2 measured by satellites.