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Measurements of black carbon aerosol washout ratio on Svalbard

Authors:

Dean A. Hegg ,

Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington, US
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Antony D. Clarke,

School of Ocean and Earth Sciences and Technology, University of Hawaii, US
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Sarah J. Doherty,

JISAO, University of Washington, US
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Johan Ström

Norwegian Polar Institute, NO; Department of Applied Environmental Science, Stockholm University, SE
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Abstract

Simultaneous measurements of aerosol black carbon (BC) in both fresh snow and in air on Svalbard are presented. From these, washout ratios for BC are calculated and compared to sparse previous measurements of this metric in the arctic. The current ratios are significantly higher than previously found measured values. We argue that the degree of snow riming within the accretion zone can explain most of this difference. Using an analytical model of the scavenging process, BC scavenging efficiencies are estimated to lie in the range 0.25–0.5, comparable to measured values

How to Cite: Hegg, D.A., Clarke, A.D., Doherty, S.J. and Ström, J., 2011. Measurements of black carbon aerosol washout ratio on Svalbard. Tellus B: Chemical and Physical Meteorology, 63(5), pp.891–900. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1600-0889.2011.00577.x
  Published on 01 Jan 2011
 Accepted on 13 Jun 2011            Submitted on 7 Dec 2010

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