Significant increase of aerosol number concentrations in air masses crossing a densely trafficked sea area

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Abstract

In this study, we evaluated 10 months data (September 2009 to June 2010) of atmospheric aerosol particle number size distribution at three atmospheric observation stations along the Baltic Sea coast: Vavihill (upwind, Sweden), Uto (upwind, Finland), and Preila (downwind, Lithuania). Differences in aerosol particle number size distributions between the upwind and downwind stations during situations of connected atmospheric flow, when the air passed each station, were used to assess the contribution of ship emissions to the aerosol number concentration (diameter interval 50-400 nm) in the Lithuanian background coastal environment. A clear increase in particle number concentration could be noticed, by a factor of 1.9 from Uto to Preila (the average total number concentration at Uto was 791 cm(-3)), and by a factor of 1.6 from Vavihill to Preila (the average total number concentration at Vavihill was 998 cm(-3)). The simultaneous measurements of absorption Angstrom exponents close to unity at Preila supported our conclusion that ship emissions in the Baltic Sea contributed to the increase in particle number concentration at Preila. (C) 2015 Institute of Oceanology of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

Detaljer

Författare
Enheter & grupper
Externa organisationer
  • Finnish Meteorological Institute
Forskningsområden

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Meteorologi och atmosfärforskning

Nyckelord

Originalspråkengelska
Sidor (från-till)1-12
TidskriftOceanologia
Volym58
Utgåva nummer1
StatusPublished - 2016
PublikationskategoriForskning
Peer review utfördJa