Dry Deposition of Ozone Over Land: Processes, Measurement, and Modeling

Giacomo Alessandro Gerosa, Olivia E. Clifton, Arlene M. Fiore, William J. Massman, Colleen B. Baublitz, Mhairi Coyle, Lisa Emberson, Silvano Fares, Delphine K. Farmer, Pierre Gentine, Alex B. Guenther, Detlev Helmig, Danica L. Lombardozzi, J. William Munger, Edward G. Patton, Sally E. Pusede, Donna B. Schwede, Sam J. Silva, Matthias Sörgel, Allison L. SteinerAmos P. K. Tai

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Dry deposition of ozone is an important sink of ozone in near‐surface air. When dry deposition occurs through plant stomata, ozone can injure the plant, altering water and carbon cycling and reducing crop yields. Quantifying both stomatal and nonstomatal uptake accurately is relevant for understanding ozone's impact on human health as an air pollutant and on climate as a potent short‐lived greenhouse gas and primary control on the removal of several reactive greenhouse gases and air pollutants. Robust ozone dry deposition estimates require knowledge of the relative importance of individual deposition pathways, but spatiotemporal variability in nonstomatal deposition is poorly understood. Here we integrate understanding of ozone deposition processes by synthesizing research from fields such as atmospheric chemistry, ecology, and meteorology. We critically review methods for measurements and modeling, highlighting the empiricism that underpins modeling and thus the interpretation of observations. Our unprecedented synthesis of knowledge on deposition pathways, particularly soil and leaf cuticles, reveals process understanding not yet included in widely used models. If coordinated with short‐term field intensives, laboratory studies, and mechanistic modeling, measurements from a few long‐term sites would bridge the molecular to ecosystem scales necessary to establish the relative importance of individual deposition pathways and the extent to which they vary in space and time. Our recommended approaches seek to close knowledge gaps that currently limit quantifying the impact of ozone dry deposition on air quality, ecosystems, and climate.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)N/A/-N/A
Number of pages62
JournalReviews of Geophysics
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • measurement methodologies
  • modeling plant uptake
  • ozone fluxes
  • terrestrial ecosystems


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