Articles | Volume 16, issue 7
Research article
13 Apr 2016
Research article |  | 13 Apr 2016

Particle water and pH in the eastern Mediterranean: source variability and implications for nutrient availability

Aikaterini Bougiatioti, Panayiota Nikolaou, Iasonas Stavroulas, Giorgos Kouvarakis, Rodney Weber, Athanasios Nenes, Maria Kanakidou, and Nikolaos Mihalopoulos


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AR by Nikolaos Mihalopoulos on behalf of the Authors (09 Feb 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (14 Feb 2016) by Frank Dentener
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (19 Feb 2016)
RR by Anonymous Referee #3 (29 Feb 2016)
ED: Reconsider after minor revisions (Editor review) (01 Mar 2016) by Frank Dentener
AR by Aikaterini Bougiatioti on behalf of the Authors (09 Mar 2016)  Author's response
ED: Publish as is (24 Mar 2016) by Frank Dentener
Short summary
Atmospheric aerosols and relevant parameters were measured in the eastern Mediterranean during summer and fall 2012. Submicron aerosol water can contribute up to 33 % of total mass, and 27.5 % of this can be associated with organics. Using these data, the pH of the submicron aerosols was calculated to be highly acidic, varying from 0.5 to 2.8 and independently of air masses origin. Such pH values could increase nutrient availability and thus sea water productivity of the Mediterranean Sea.
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