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Specifying the light-absorbing properties of aerosol particles in fresh snow samples, collected at the Environmental Research Station Schneefernerhaus (UFS), Zugspitze

Schnaiter, Martin ORCID iD icon 1,2; Linke, Claudia 1,2; Ibrahim, Inas 1,2; Kiselev, Alexei 3; Waitz, Fritz 1,2; Leisner, Thomas ORCID iD icon 1,2; Norra, Stefan 4; Rehm, Till
1 Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung Atmosphärische Aerosolforschung (IMKAAF), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
2 Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung (IMK), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
3 Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
4 Institut für Geographie und Geoökologie (IFGG), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)


Atmospheric aerosol particles like mineral dust, volcanic ash and combustion particles can reduce Earth’s snow and ice albedo considerably even by very small amounts of deposited particle mass. In this study, a new laboratory method is applied to measure the spectral light absorption coefficient of airborne particles that are released from fresh snow samples by an efficient nebulizing system. Threewavelength photoacoustic absorption spectroscopy is combined with refractory black carbon (BC) mass analysis to determine the snow mass-specific and BC mass-specific absorption cross sections. Fullerene soot in water suspensions are used for the characterization of the method and for the determination of the mass-specific absorption cross section of this BC reference material. The analysis of 31 snow samples collected after fresh snowfall events at a high-altitude Alpine research station reveals a significant discrepancy between the measured snow mass-specific absorption cross section and the cross section that is expected from the BC mass data, indicating that non-BC light-absorbing particles are present in the snow. Mineral dust and brown carbon (BrC) are identified as possible candidates for the non-BC particle mass based on the wavelength dependence of the measured absorption. ... mehr

Verlagsausgabe §
DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000099196
Veröffentlicht am 22.10.2019
DOI: 10.5194/acp-19-10829-2019
Zitationen: 10
Zitationen: 12
Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Geographie und Geoökologie (IFGG)
Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung Atmosphärische Aerosolforschung (IMKAAF)
KIT-Zentrum Klima und Umwelt (ZKU)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2019
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 1680-7324
KITopen-ID: 1000099196
HGF-Programm 12.01.01 (POF III, LK 01) Clouds in a pertubed atmosphere
Erschienen in Atmospheric chemistry and physics
Verlag European Geosciences Union (EGU)
Band 19
Heft 16
Seiten 10829–10844
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