Articles | Volume 15, issue 24
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 13993–14003, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-15-13993-2015
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 13993–14003, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-15-13993-2015

Research article 18 Dec 2015

Research article | 18 Dec 2015

Spring and summer contrast in new particle formation over nine forest areas in North America

F. Yu et al.

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The role of low-volatility organics in new particle formation (NPF) in the atmosphere is assessed. An empirical formulation in which formation rate is a function of the concentrations of sulfuric acid and low-volatility organics significantly overpredicts NPF in the summer. Two different schemes predict quite different nucleation rates (including their spatial patterns), concentrations of cloud condensation nuclei, and aerosol first indirect radiative forcing in North America.
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