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Influence of Arctic Microlayers and Algal Cultures on Sea Spray Hygroscopicity and the Possible Implications for Mixed‐Phase Clouds

Christiansen, Sigurd; Ickes, Luisa; Bulatovic, Ines; Leck, Caroline; Murray, Benjamin J.; Bertram, Allan K.; Wagner, Robert ORCID iD icon 1; Gorokhova, Elena; Salter, Matthew E.; Ekman, Annica M. L.; Bilde, Merete
1 Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung (IMK), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)


As Arctic sea ice cover diminishes, sea spray aerosols (SSA) have a larger potential to be emitted into the Arctic atmosphere. Emitted SSA can contain organic material, but how it affects the ability of particles to act as cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) is still not well understood. Here we measure the CCN‐derived hygroscopicity of three different types of aerosol particles: (1) Sea salt aerosols made from artificial seawater, (2) aerosol generated from artificial seawater spiked with diatom species cultured in the laboratory, and (3) aerosols made from samples of sea surface microlayer (SML) collected during field campaigns in the North Atlantic and Arctic Ocean. Samples are aerosolized using a sea spray simulation tank (plunging jet) or an atomizer. We show that SSA containing diatom and microlayer exhibit similar CCN activity to inorganic sea salt with a κ value of ∼1.0. Large‐eddy simulation (LES) is then used to evaluate the general role of aerosol hygroscopicity in governing mixed‐phase low‐level cloud properties in the high Arctic. For accumulation mode aerosol, the simulated mixed‐phase cloud properties do not depend strongly on κ, unless the values are lower than 0.4. ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000125504
Veröffentlicht am 18.11.2021
DOI: 10.1029/2020JD032808
Zitationen: 17
Web of Science
Zitationen: 15
Zitationen: 20
Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung Atmosphärische Aerosolforschung (IMKAAF)
Universität Karlsruhe (TH) – Interfakultative Einrichtungen (Interfakultative Einrichtungen)
KIT-Zentrum Klima und Umwelt (ZKU)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2020
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 2169-897X, 2169-8996
KITopen-ID: 1000125504
HGF-Programm 12.01.01 (POF III, LK 01) Clouds in a pertubed atmosphere
Erschienen in Journal of geophysical research / D
Verlag American Geophysical Union (AGU)
Band 125
Heft 19
Seiten e2020JD032808
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 26.08.2020
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