Sources, seasonality, and trends of southeast US aerosol: an integrated...

Kim, P., D. Jacob, J. A. Fisher, K. Travis, K. Yu, L. Zhu, R. M. Yantosca, M. P. Sulprizio, J. Jimenez-Palacios, P. Campuzano Jost, K. Froyd, J. Liao, J. H. Hair, M. A. Fenn, C. F. Butler, N. L. Wagner, T. Gordon, A. Welti, P. Wennberg, J. D. Crounse, J. M. St. Clair, A. Teng, D. Millet, J. Schwarz, M. Markovic, and A. Perring (2015), Sources, seasonality, and trends of southeast US aerosol: an integrated analysis of surface, aircraft, and satellite observations with the GEOS-Chem chemical transport model, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 10411-10433, doi:10.5194/acp-15-10411-2015.
Abstract: 

We use an ensemble of surface (EPA CSN, IMPROVE, SEARCH, AERONET), aircraft (SEAC4 RS), and satellite (MODIS, MISR) observations over the southeast US during the summer–fall of 2013 to better understand aerosol sources in the region and the relationship between surface particulate matter (PM) and aerosol optical depth (AOD). The GEOS-Chem global chemical transport model (CTM) with 25 × 25 km2 resolution over North America is used as a common platform to interpret measurements of different aerosol variables made at different times and locations. Sulfate and organic aerosol (OA) are the main contributors to surface PM2.5 (mass concentration of PM finer than 2.5 µm aerodynamic diameter) and AOD over the southeast US. OA is simulated successfully with a simple parameterization, assuming irreversible uptake of low-volatility products of hydrocarbon oxidation. Biogenic isoprene and monoterpenes account for 60 % of OA, anthropogenic sources for 30 %, and open fires for 10 %. 60 % of total aerosol mass is in the mixed layer below 1.5 km, 25 % in the cloud convective layer at 1.5–3 km, and 15 % in the free troposphere above 3 km. This vertical profile is well captured by GEOS-Chem, arguing against a high-altitude source of OA. The extent

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Research Program: 
Tropospheric Chemistry Program (TCP)
Mission: 
SEAC4RS
AERONET
EOS MISR