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Atmospheric particle size and composition measurements to support light extinction calculations over the Indian Ocean

Chowdhury, Zohir and Hughes, Lara S. and Salmon, Lynn G. and Cass, Glen R. (2001) Atmospheric particle size and composition measurements to support light extinction calculations over the Indian Ocean. Journal of Geophysical Research D, 106 (D22). pp. 28597-28605. ISSN 0148-0227. https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20141027-130329672

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Abstract

The size distribution and chemical composition of the atmospheric aerosol at the Kaashidhoo Climate Observatory (KCO) in the Republic of Maldives was determined during the winter northeast monsoon season to aid in determining the light scattering and light absorption properties of the aerosol particles in that region. These experiments were conducted over 8 two-day periods during February 11–26, 1999, using filter-based samplers and cascade impactors operated at ambient relative humidity which was in the range of 80–89% relative humidity over 83% of the period sampled. Fine particle concentrations (D_a<1.8 μm) averaged 17.7(±0.22) μg m^(−3) and varied between 8.4(±0.33)–24.7(±0.21) μg m^(−3) over the period studied. Sulfate ion and carbonaceous aerosols are the largest contributors to the fine particle mass concentration, accounting for 33–37% and 26–27% of the fine mass, respectively. Calcium carbonate contributes 3% of the mass measured on the impactor stages. Ammonium, nitrate, and chloride ion account for 7–9, 1, and 0–1% of the fine particle mass, respectively. The residual mass of as yet undetermined fine particle material stands at 28–30%. Black elemental carbon particles contribute 6–11% of the fine particle mass concentration and dominate light absorption in the atmosphere at KCO (A. Eldering et al., unpublished manuscript, 2001). These fine particle concentrations are comparable to those found in major cities in the United States and are surprisingly high for a remote location such as the Maldive Islands, which is located downwind of the Indian subcontinent.


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Additional Information:Copyright 2001 by the American Geophysical Union. Paper number 2000JD900829. (Received June 28, 2000; revised December 18, 2000; accepted December 19, 2000.) Acknowledgments. This work was supported by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) and by the Caltech Center for Air Quality Analysis.
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Official Citation:Chowdhury, Z., L. S. Hughes, L. G. Salmon, and G. R. Cass (2001), Atmospheric particle size and composition measurements to support light extinction calculations over the Indian Ocean, J. Geophys. Res., 106(D22), 28597–28605, doi:10.1029/2000JD900829.
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