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Size-resolved Aerosol Composition and Link to Hygroscopicity at a Forested Site in Colorado : Volume 13, Issue 9 (11/09/2013)

By Levin, E. J. T.

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Title: Size-resolved Aerosol Composition and Link to Hygroscopicity at a Forested Site in Colorado : Volume 13, Issue 9 (11/09/2013)  
Author: Levin, E. J. T.
Volume: Vol. 13, Issue 9
Language: English
Subject: Science, Atmospheric, Chemistry
Collections: Periodicals: Journal and Magazine Collection, Copernicus GmbH
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Publisher: Copernicus Gmbh, Göttingen, Germany
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Winkler, P. M., Day, D., Palm, B., Jimenez, J., Campuzano-Jost, P., T. Levi, E. J.,...Demott, P. J. (2013). Size-resolved Aerosol Composition and Link to Hygroscopicity at a Forested Site in Colorado : Volume 13, Issue 9 (11/09/2013). Retrieved from

Description: Department of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, USA. Aerosol hygroscopicity describes the ability of a particle to take up water and form a cloud droplet. Modeling studies have shown sensitivity of precipitation-producing cloud systems to the availability of aerosol particles capable of serving as cloud condensation nuclei (CCN), and hygroscopicity is a key parameter controlling the number of available CCN. Continental aerosol is typically assumed to have a representative hygroscopicity parameter, κ, of 0.3; however, in remote locations this value can be lower due to relatively large mass fractions of organic components. To further our understanding of aerosol properties in remote areas, we measured size-resolved aerosol chemical composition and hygroscopicity in a forested, mountainous site in Colorado during the six-week BEACHON-RoMBAS campaign. This campaign followed a year-long measurement period at this site, and results from the intensive campaign shed light on the previously reported seasonal cycle in aerosol hygroscopicity. New particle formation events were observed routinely at this site and nucleation mode composition measurements indicated that the newly formed particles were predominantly organic. These events likely contribute to the dominance of organic species at smaller sizes, where aerosol organic mass fractions of non-refractory components were between 70–90%. Corresponding aerosol hygroscopicity was observed to range from Κ = 0.15–0.22, with hygroscopicity increasing with particle size. Aerosol chemical composition measured by an Aerosol Mass Spectrometer and calculated from hygroscopicity measurements agreed very well during the intensive study with an assumed value of Κorg = 0.13 resulting in the best agreement.

Size-resolved aerosol composition and link to hygroscopicity at a forested site in Colorado

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