In-situ chemical characterization of aged biomass burning aerosols impacting cold wave clouds

AMS Citation:
Pratt, K. A., and Coauthors, 2010: In-situ chemical characterization of aged biomass burning aerosols impacting cold wave clouds. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 67, 2451-2468, doi:10.1175/2010JAS3330.1.
Date:2010-08-01
Resource Type:article
Title:In-situ chemical characterization of aged biomass burning aerosols impacting cold wave clouds
Abstract: During the Ice in Clouds Experiment–Layer Clouds (ICE-L), aged biomass-burning particles were identified within two orographic wave cloud regions over Wyoming using single-particle mass spectrometry and electron microscopy. Using a suite of instrumentation, particle chemistry was characterized in tandem with cloud microphysics. The aged biomass-burning particles comprised ∼30%–40% by number of the 0.1–1.0-μm clear-air particles and were composed of potassium, organic carbon, elemental carbon, and sulfate. Aerosol mass spectrometry measurements suggested these cloud-processed particles were predominantly sulfate by mass. The first cloud region sampled was characterized by primarily homogeneously nucleated ice particles formed at temperatures near −40°C. The second cloud period was characterized by high cloud droplet concentrations (∼150–300 cm⁻³) and lower heterogeneously nucleated ice concentrations (7–18 L⁻¹) at cloud temperatures of −24° to −25°C. As expected for the observed particle chemistry and dynamics of the observed wave clouds, few significant differences were observed between the clear-air particles and cloud residues. However, suggestive of a possible heterogeneous nucleation mechanism within the first cloud region, ice residues showed enrichments in the number fractions of soot and mass fractions of black carbon, measured by a single-particle mass spectrometer and a single-particle soot photometer, respectively. In addition, enrichment of biomass-burning particles internally mixed with oxalic acid in both the homogeneously nucleated ice and cloud droplets compared to clear air suggests either preferential activation as cloud condensation nuclei or aqueous phase cloud processing.
Subject(s):Aerosols, Chemistry, Atmospheric, Cloud droplets, Cloud microphysics, Field experiments, Ice crystals
Peer Review:Refereed
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Publisher's Version: 10.1175/2010JAS3330.1
Author(s):
  • Kerri Pratt
  • Andrew Heymsfield - NCAR/UCAR
  • Cynthia Twohy
  • Shane Murphy
  • Paul DeMott
  • James Hudson
  • R. Subramanian
  • Zhien Wang
  • John Seinfeld
  • Kimberly Prather
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