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Hygroscopic properties of smoke-generated organic aerosol particles emitted in the marine atmosphere

Wonaschütz, A. and Coggon, M. M. and Sorooshian, A. and Modini, R. and Frossard, A. A. and Ahlm, L. and Mülmenstädt, J. and Roberts, G. C. and Russell, L. M. and Dey, S. and Brechtel, F. J. and Seinfeld, J. H. (2013) Hygroscopic properties of smoke-generated organic aerosol particles emitted in the marine atmosphere. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 13 (19). pp. 9819-9835. ISSN 1680-7316. doi:10.5194/acp-13-9819-2013.

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During the Eastern Pacific Emitted Aerosol Cloud Experiment (E-PEACE), a plume of organic aerosol was produced by a smoke generator and emitted into the marine atmosphere from aboard the R/V Point Sur. In this study, the hygroscopic properties and the chemical composition of the plume were studied at plume ages between 0 and 4 h in different meteorological conditions. In sunny conditions, the plume particles had very low hygroscopic growth factors (GFs): between 1.05 and 1.09 for 30 nm and between 1.02 and 1.1 for 150 nm dry size at a relative humidity (RH) of 92%, contrasted by an average marine background GF of 1.6. New particles were produced in large quantities (several 10 000 cm^−3), which lead to substantially increased cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) concentrations at supersaturations between 0.07 and 0.88%. Ratios of oxygen to carbon (O : C) and water-soluble organic mass (WSOM) increased with plume age: from < 0.001 to 0.2, and from 2.42 to 4.96 μg m^−3, respectively, while organic mass fractions decreased slightly (~ 0.97 to ~ 0.94). High-resolution aerosol mass spectrometer (AMS) spectra show that the organic fragment m/z 43 was dominated by C_(2)H_(3)O^+ in the small, new particle mode and by C_(3)H_(7)^+ in the large particle mode. In the marine background aerosol, GFs for 150 nm particles at 40% RH were found to be enhanced at higher organic mass fractions: an average GF of 1.06 was observed for aerosols with an organic mass fraction of 0.53, and a GF of 1.04 for an organic mass fraction of 0.35.

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Additional Information:© Author(s) 2013. This work is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. Published by Copernicus Publications on behalf of the European Geosciences Union. Received: 15 April 2013; Published in Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss.: 6 May 2013; Revised: 12 August 2013; Accepted: 13 August 2013; Published: 7 October 2013. This work was funded by ONR grants N00014-11-1-0783, N00014-10-1-0200, and N00014-10-1-0811, and NSF grants AGS-1013381, AGS-10131423, and AGS-1008848. The measurements at sea were made possible by the support of the R/V Point Sur crew and staff. We acknowledge NOAA/OAR/ESRL PSD, Boulder, Colorado, USA, for providing weather maps from their website at The authors gratefully acknowledge the NOAA Air Resources Laboratory (ARL) for the provision of the HYSPLIT transport and dispersion model and READY website ( used in this publication. Regina Hitzenberger is acknowledged for helpful comments and suggestions. Edited by: M. C. Facchini
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Official Citation:Wonaschütz, A., Coggon, M., Sorooshian, A., Modini, R., Frossard, A. A., Ahlm, L., Mülmenstädt, J., Roberts, G. C., Russell, L. M., Dey, S., Brechtel, F. J., and Seinfeld, J. H.: Hygroscopic properties of smoke-generated organic aerosol particles emitted in the marine atmosphere, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 13, 9819-9835, doi:10.5194/acp-13-9819-2013, 2013.
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