CF Standard Names - Accepted names for aerosols and chemistry

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This table gives a list of variables that have been accepted by the CF community CF mailing list.

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The standard_names listed on this page are used within model intercomparison within the Task Force on Hemispheric Transport of Air Pollution TF HTAP. However, as the simulations already started before the names have been officially approved by CF, some minor changes will be necessary.


TABLE VERSION 6

CF Standard_name Canonical unit Explanation
volume mixing ratios


mole_fraction_of_ozone_in_air 1=mole mole-1
mole_fraction_of_cabon_monoxide_in_air 1=mole mole-1
mole_fraction_of_nitrogen_monoxide_in_air 1=mole mole-1
mole_fraction_of_nitrogen_dioxide_in_air 1=mole mole-1
mole_fraction_of_nitric_acid_in_air 1=mole mole-1
mole_fraction_of_peroxyacetyl_nitrate_in_air 1=mole mole-1
mole_fraction_of_hydroxyl_radical_in_air 1=mole mole-1
mole_fraction_of_dimethyl_sulfide_in_air 1=mole mole-1
mole_fraction_of_sulfur_dioxide_in_air 1=mole mole-1
mole_fraction_of_hexachlorobiphenyl_in_air 1=mole mole-1
mole_fraction_of_alpha_hexachlorocyclohexane_in_air 1=mole mole-1
mass mixing ratio
mass_fraction_of_pm10_aerosol_in_air 1=kg kg-1 PM10 is an air pollutant consisting of small particles with an aerodynamic diameter less than or equal to a nominal 10 micrometer. The relative humidity and temperature should be given as as scalar coordinate variables using the standard names relative_humidity and air_temperature.
mass_fraction_of_pm2p5_aerosol_in_air 1=kg kg-1 PM2p5 is an air pollutant consisting of small particles with an aerodynamic diameter less than or equal to a nominal 2.5 micrometer. The relative humidity and temperature should be given as as scalar coordinate variables using the standard names relative_humidity and air_temperature.
mass_fraction_of_pm1_aerosol_in_air 1=kg kg-1 PM1 is an air pollutant consisting of small particles with an aerodynamic diameter less than or equal to a nominal 1 micrometer. The relative humidity and temperature should be given as as scalar coordinate variables using the standard names relative_humidity and air_temperature.
mass_fraction_of_nitrate_dry_aerosol_in_air 1=kg kg-1 Expressed as mass of NO3.
mass_fraction_of_sulfate_dry_aerosol_in_air 1=kg kg-1 Expressed as mass of SO4.
mass_fraction_of_ammonium_dry_aerosol_in_air 1=kg kg-1 Expressed as mass of NH3.
mass_fraction_of_black_carbon_dry_aerosol_in_air 1=kg kg-1 Expressed as mass of BC.
mass_fraction_of_particulate_organic_matter_dry_aerosol_in_air 1=kg kg-1 Particulate organic matter refers to all (primary and secondary) particulate organic matter aerosol, expect for black carbon. Expressed as mass of particulate organic matter.
mass_fraction_of_primary_particulate_organic_matter_dry_aerosol_in_air 1=kg kg-1 Primary particulate organic matter refers to all particulate organic matter aerosol emitted as particles, expect for black carbon. Expressed as mass of particulate organic matter.
mass_fraction_of_secondary_particulate_organic_matter_dry_aerosol_in_air 1=kg kg-1 Secondary particulate organic matter aerosol refers to particulate organic matter formed within the atmosphere from gaseous pre-cursors. Expressed as mass of particulate organic matter.
mass_fraction_of_seasalt_dry_aerosol_in_air 1=kg kg-1 Expressed as mass of sea salt.
mass_fraction_of_dust_dry_aerosol_in_air 1=kg kg-1 Expressed as mass of dust.
mass_fraction_of_mercury_dry_aerosol_in_air 1=kg kg-1 Expressed as mass of Hg.
mass_fraction_of_water_in_ambient_aerosol_in_air 1=kg kg-1


others
atmosphere_mass_of_air_per_unit_area kg m-2 vertically integrated mass of air