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Volume 13, issue 16
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 13, 8365–8379, 2013
© Author(s) 2013. This work is distributed under
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Atmos. Chem. Phys., 13, 8365–8379, 2013
© Author(s) 2013. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Review article 22 Aug 2013

Review article | 22 Aug 2013

Recommendations for reporting "black carbon" measurements

A. Petzold1, J. A. Ogren2, M. Fiebig3, P. Laj4, S.-M. Li5, U. Baltensperger6, T. Holzer-Popp7, S. Kinne8, G. Pappalardo9, N. Sugimoto10, C. Wehrli11, A. Wiedensohler12, and X.-Y. Zhang13 A. Petzold et al.
  • 1Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Institut für Energie- und Klimaforschung IEK-8, 52425 Jülich, Germany
  • 2NOAA/ESRL Global Monitoring Division, Boulder, CO 80305, USA
  • 3Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU), 2027 Kjeller, Norway
  • 4Laboratoire de Glaciologie et Géophysique de l'Environnement, Université de Grenoble I – CNRS, 38402 Saint Martin d'Hères cedex, France
  • 5Environment Canada, Processes Research Section, Toronto, ON M3H 5T4, Canada
  • 6Laboratory of Atmospheric Chemistry, Paul Scherrer Institute, 5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland
  • 7Deutsches Fernerkundungsdatenzentrum, DLR, 82234 Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
  • 8Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Bundesstrasse 53, 20146 Hamburg, Germany
  • 9Istituto di Metodologie per l'Analisi Ambientale (CNR-IMAA), Potenza, 85050, Italy
  • 10National Institute for Environmental Studies, 16-2 Onogawa, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8506, Japan
  • 11Physikalisch-Meteorologisches Observatorium Davos (PMOD/WRC), 7260 Davos, Switzerland
  • 12Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research, Permoserstr. 15, 04318 Leipzig, Germany
  • 13Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences, 46 Zhong-Guan-Cun S. Av., Beijing 100081, China

Abstract. Although black carbon (BC) is one of the key atmospheric particulate components driving climate change and air quality, there is no agreement on the terminology that considers all aspects of specific properties, definitions, measurement methods, and related uncertainties. As a result, there is much ambiguity in the scientific literature of measurements and numerical models that refer to BC with different names and based on different properties of the particles, with no clear definition of the terms. The authors present here a recommended terminology to clarify the terms used for BC in atmospheric research, with the goal of establishing unambiguous links between terms, targeted material properties and associated measurement techniques.

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