Articles | Volume 15, issue 6
Research article
20 Mar 2015
Research article |  | 20 Mar 2015

Explaining variance in black carbon's aging timescale

L. Fierce, N. Riemer, and T. C. Bond


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AR by Laura Fierce on behalf of the Authors (15 Nov 2014)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (09 Dec 2014) by Hang Su
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (16 Dec 2014)
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (09 Jan 2015)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (16 Jan 2015) by Hang Su
AR by Laura Fierce on behalf of the Authors (25 Jan 2015)  Author's response    Manuscript
Short summary
The timescale for particles containing black carbon to age from hydrophobic to hygroscopic strongly influences black carbon's atmospheric lifetime and climate impact. This paper identifies the minimal set of independent variables needed to explain variance in this aging timescale. This work distills the complex interactions captured by a particle-resolved aerosol model to a few input variables and is a first step toward developing physically based parameterizations of aerosol aging.
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