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ABoVE: Level-4 WRF-STILT Particle Trajectories for Circumpolar Receptors, 2016-2019

This dataset provides Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) Stochastic Time-Inverted Lagrangian Transport (STILT) particle trajectory files for receptors located at positions along flight paths and at various fixed observing sites at circumpolar locations above 45 degrees North during 2016-2019. The particle files describe the motion of particles released backward in time over a 10-day period. The particle files are separated into archives by platform type (some platforms are combined) and can be characterized as either low resolution or high resolution depending on whether the subsequent footprint fields were generated on a circumpolar 0.5-degree grid (low-resolution) or both 0.5-degree and 0.1-degree grids (high-resolution). The platforms include flux towers at fixed sites, laboratory measurements of whole air samples collected by Programmable Flask Packages (PFP) onboard aircraft, and observations by NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 satellite. These particle files were thinned to retain particle location information only when the particles have non-zero contributions to the corresponding footprint field. These particle files are used to compute the footprint fields available in a companion dataset. The particle trajectories that determine the footprint field are constrained only by the outer edges of the WRF modeling domain. Likewise, the companion footprint files are provided on a regular latitude-longitude grid. This dataset extends previous research on the atmospheric transport of land-surface emissions of greenhouse gases by the Carbon in Arctic Reservoirs Vulnerability Experiment (CARVE) project. In particular, the content of the low-resolution particle files is similar to those for the CARVE dataset.

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