Articles | Volume 15, issue 11
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-15-6323-2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-15-6323-2015
Research article
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11 Jun 2015
Research article |  | 11 Jun 2015

Observations and analysis of organic aerosol evolution in some prescribed fire smoke plumes

A. A. May, T. Lee, G. R. McMeeking, S. Akagi, A. P. Sullivan, S. Urbanski, R. J. Yokelson, and S. M. Kreidenweis

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Smoke plumes from some prescribed fires in the southeastern United States were sampled via aircraft to observe changes in organic aerosol (OA) with atmospheric transport. These plumes underwent rapid mixing, and, hence, substantial dilution with background air occurred. Dilution-driven evaporation appears to be the primary driver of OA transformations within the sampled plumes rather than photochemistry.
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