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Usoskin et al. 2009

Usoskin, I.G., C.V. Field, G.A. Schmidt, A. Leppänen, A. Aldahan, G.A. Kovaltsov, G. Possnert, and R.K. Ungar, 2009: Short-term production and synoptic influences on atmospheric 7Be concentrations. J. Geophys. Res., 114, D06108, doi:10.1029/2008JD011333.

Variations of the cosmogenic radionuclide 7Be in the global atmosphere are driven by cooperation of processes of its production, air transports, and removal. We use a combination of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies ModelE and the OuluCRAC:7Be production model to simulate the variations in the 7Be concentration in the atmosphere for the period from 1 January to 28 February 2005. This period features significant synoptic variability at multiple monitoring stations around the globe and spans an extreme solar energetic particle (SEP) event that occurred on 20 January. Using nudging from observed horizontal winds, the model correctly reproduces the overall level of the measured 7Be concentration near ground and a great deal of the synoptic variability at timescales of 4 days and longer. This verifies the combined model of production and transport of the 7Be radionuclide in the atmosphere. The impact of an extreme SEP event of January 2005 is seen dramatically in polar stratospheric 7Be concentration but is small near the surface (about 2%) and indistinguishable given the amount of intrinsic variability and the uncertainties of the surface observations.

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  author={Usoskin, I. G. and Field, C. V. and Schmidt, G. A. and Leppänen, A. and Aldahan, A. and Kovaltsov, G. A. and Possnert, G. and Ungar, R. K.},
  title={Short-term production and synoptic influences on atmospheric 7Be concentrations},
  journal={J. Geophys. Res.},

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ID  - us01000b
AU  - Usoskin, I. G.
AU  - Field, C. V.
AU  - Schmidt, G. A.
AU  - Leppänen, A.
AU  - Aldahan, A.
AU  - Kovaltsov, G. A.
AU  - Possnert, G.
AU  - Ungar, R. K.
PY  - 2009
TI  - Short-term production and synoptic influences on atmospheric 7Be concentrations
JA  - J. Geophys. Res.
VL  - 114
SP  - D06108
DO  - 10.1029/2008JD011333
ER  -

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