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Volume 15, issue 6
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 3173–3191, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-15-3173-2015
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Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 3173–3191, 2015
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Research article 20 Mar 2015

Research article | 20 Mar 2015

Explaining variance in black carbon's aging timescale

L. Fierce et al.

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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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