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https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-15-10203-2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-15-10203-2015
Research article
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14 Sep 2015
Research article |  | 14 Sep 2015

Airborne measurements of new particle formation in the free troposphere above the Mediterranean Sea during the HYMEX campaign

C. Rose, K. Sellegri, E. Freney, R. Dupuy, A. Colomb, J.-M. Pichon, M. Ribeiro, T. Bourianne, F. Burnet, and A. Schwarzenboeck

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In the present paper we report airborne measurements of new particle formation (NPF) above the Mediterranean Sea (HYMEX campaign). We show that NPF occurs over large areas above the sea, but the process is clearly promoted at high altitude, above 1000m, i.e. frequently in the free troposphere. NPF also seems to be mainly influenced by local processes occurring above the sea. After their formation, particles slowly grow at high altitude while not being greatly depleted or affected by coagulation.
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