EUCAARI ion spectrometer measurements at 12 European sites - analysis of new particle formation events

Manninen, H. E. and Nieminen, T. and Asmi, E. and Gagné, S. and Häkkinen, S. and Lehtipalo, K. and Aalto, P. and Vana, M. and Mirme, A. and Mirme, S. and Hõrrak, U. and Plass-Dülmer, C. and Stange, G. and Kiss, G. and Hoffer, A. and Törő, N. and Moerman, M. and Henzing, B. and de Leeuw, G. and Brinkenberg, M. and Kouvarakis, G. N. and Bougiatioti, A. and Mihalopoulos, N. and O'Dowd, C. and Ceburnis, D. and Arneth, A. and Svenningsson, B. and Swietlicki, E. and Tarozzi, L. and Decesari, S. and Facchini, M. C. and Birmili, W. and Sonntag, A. and Wiedensohler, A. and Boulon, J. and Sellegri, K. and Laj, P. and Gysel, M. and Bukowiecki, N. and Weingartner, E. and Wehrle, G. and Laaksonen, A. and Hamed, A. and Joutsensaari, J. and Petäjä, T. and Kerminen, V.-M. and Kulmala, M.. (2010) EUCAARI ion spectrometer measurements at 12 European sites - analysis of new particle formation events. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 10 (16). pp. 7907-7927.

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We present comprehensive results on continuous atmospheric cluster and particle measurements in the size range similar to 1-42 nm within the European Integrated project on Aerosol Cloud Climate and Air Quality interactions (EUCAARI) project. We focused on characterizing the spatial and temporal variation of new particle formation events and relevant particle formation parameters across Europe. Different types of air ion and cluster mobility spectrometers were deployed at 12 field sites across Europe from March 2008 to May 2009. The measurements were conducted in a wide variety of environments, including coastal and continental locations as well as sites at different altitudes (both in the boundary layer and the free troposphere). New particle formation events were detected at all of the 12 field sites during the year-long measurement period. From the data, nucleation and growth rates of newly formed particles were determined for each environment. In a case of parallel ion and neutral cluster measurements, we could also estimate the relative contribution of ion-induced and neutral nucleation to the total particle formation. The formation rates of charged particles at 2 nm accounted for 1-30% of the corresponding total particle formation rates. As a significant new result, we found out that the total particle formation rate varied much more between the different sites than the formation rate of charged particles. This work presents, so far, the most comprehensive effort to experimentally characterize nucleation and growth of atmospheric molecular clusters and nanoparticles at ground-based observation sites on a continental scale.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Umweltwissenschaften > Geowissenschaften > Atmospheric Sciences (Kalberer)
UniBasel Contributors:Bukowiecki, Nicolas
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:European Geosciences Union
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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