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SPRINTARS (Spectral Radiation-Transport Model for Aerosol Species) is a numerical model which has been developed for simulating effects on the climate system and condition of atmospheric pollution by atmospheric aerosols on the global scale.
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SPRINTARS is based on an atmosphere-ocean general circulation model, MIROC, developed by Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute (Division of Climate System Research), University of Tokyo, National Institute fot Environmental Studies, and Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (Research Institute for Global Change), and treats main tropospheric aerosols both from natural and anthropogenic sources (black carbon, organic matter, sulfate, soil dust, and sea salt). They are also categorized into SPM, PM10 and PM2.5. SPRINTARS calculates transport processes of aerosols (emission, advection, diffusion, wet deposition, dry deposition, and gravitational settling). The aerosol direct effect, which is scattering and absorption of solar and thermal radiation by aerosols, and the indirect effect, which is act of aerosols as cloud condensation nuclei and ice nuclei, are included in the calculation.
Present specifications
  • SPRINTARS version 3.84
  • horizontal resolution: T213 (0.5625 degrees longitude/latitude) or T106 (1.125 degrees longitude/latitude) or T42 (2.8125 degrees longitude/latitude)
  • vertical resolution: 56 or 20 layers (sigma coordinate)
  • Takemura, T., H. Okamoto, Y. Maruyama, A. Numaguti, A. Higurashi, and T. Nakajima, 2000: Global three-dimensional simulation of aerosol optical thickness distribution of various origins. Journal of Geophysical Research, 105, 17853-17873. [abstract]
  • Takemura, T. , T. Nakajima, O. Dubovik, B. N. Holben, and S. Kinne, 2002: Single-scattering albedo and radiative forcing of various aerosol species with a global three-dimensional model. Journal of Climate , 15, 333-352. [abstract]
  • Takemura, T., T. Nozawa, S. Emori, T. Y. Nakajima, and T. Nakajima, 2005: Simulation of climate response to aerosol direct and indirect effects with aerosol transport-radiation model. Journal of Geophysical Research, 110, D02202, doi:10.1029/2004JD005029. [abstract]
  • Takemura, T., M. Egashira, K. Matsuzawa, H. Ichijo, R. O'ishi, and A. Abe-Ouchi, 2009: A simulation of the global distribution and radiative forcing of soil dust aerosols at the Last Glacial Maximum. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 9, 3061-3073. [abstract]
  • Developers of SPRINTARS
  • Developers of MIROC
  • Dr. Kengo Sudo (Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Nagoya University): data from CHASER
  • Dr. T. Diehl (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center): aerosol emission data
  • NASA/University of Maryland: MODIS Fire Information for Resource Management System (FIRMS)
  • Emission inventory for Hemispheric Transport of Air Pollution (HTAP) v2
  • NOAA CIRES Climate Diagnostics Center: NCEP/NCAR reanalysis data
  • NOAA NCEP: GFS forecast data
  • Hadley Centre, UK Met Office: HadISST data
  • Center for Global Environmental Research, NIES: Supercomputer NEC SX
  • Research Institute for Applied Mechanics, Kyushu University

Toshihiko Takemura (Research Institute for Applied Mechanics, Kyushu University)