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Complex plant-derived organic aerosol as ice-nucleating particles – more than the sums of their parts?

Steinke, Isabelle 1; Hiranuma, Naruki; Funk, Roger; Höhler, Kristina ORCID iD icon 1; Tüllmann, Nadine 1; Umo, Nsikanabasi Silas 1; Weidler, Peter G. 2; Möhler, Ottmar 1; Leisner, Thomas ORCID iD icon 1
1 Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung Atmosphärische Aerosolforschung (IMKAAF), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
2 Institut für Funktionelle Grenzflächen (IFG), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)


Quantifying the impact of complex organic particles on the formation of ice crystals in clouds remains challenging, mostly due to the vast number of different sources ranging from sea spray to agricultural areas. In particular, there are many open questions regarding the ice nucleation properties of organic particles released from terrestrial sources such as decaying plant material.

In this work, we present results from laboratory studies investigating the immersion freezing properties of individual organic compounds commonly found in plant tissue and complex organic aerosol particles from vegetated environments, without specifically investigating the contribution from biological particles, which may contribute to the overall ice nucleation efficiency observed at high temperatures. To characterize the ice nucleation properties of plant-related aerosol samples for temperatures between 242 and 267 K, we used the Aerosol Interaction and Dynamics in the Atmosphere (AIDA) cloud chamber and the Ice Nucleation SpEctrometer of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (INSEKT), which is a droplet freezing assay. Individual plant components (polysaccharides, lignin, soy and rice protein) were mostly less ice active, or similarly ice active, compared to microcrystalline cellulose, which has been suggested by recent studies to be a proxy for quantifying the primary cloud ice formation caused by particles originating from vegetation. ... mehr

Verlagsausgabe §
DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000125383
Veröffentlicht am 28.10.2020
DOI: 10.5194/acp-20-11387-2020
Zitationen: 16
Web of Science
Zitationen: 15
Zitationen: 20
Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung Atmosphärische Aerosolforschung (IMKAAF)
KIT-Zentrum Klima und Umwelt (ZKU)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2020
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 1680-7324
KITopen-ID: 1000125383
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 20
Heft 19
Seiten 11387–11397
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