2011 Visibility/Haze Modeling
We evaluated the ability of CAMx simulations Base2011a and Base2011a_GCBC to estimate light extinction for individual PM species and for total PM2.5 at sites in the IMPROVE network. We used the IMPROVE equation to calculate light extinction (Bext, Mm^-1) from the model and compared the results to observed light extinctions from the IMPROVE network.
The plots below present the visibility modeling results using standard model performance metrics (scatter plots, time series plots, soccer plots) and with stacked bar plots comparing the PM extinction species at each site on the 20% best and worst visibility days observed at each IMPROVE site in 2011. All of the results presented here are from the 4-km modeling domain unless otherwise specified.
Total Species Extinction (TOTbext) Soccer PlotsAll 4-km Domain IMPROVE sites
All Colorado IMPROVE sites
All Utah IMPROVE sites
All Wyoming IMPROVE sites
Extinction Species Scatter Plots
Total Extinction Timeseries by IMPROVE siteColorado