Articles | Volume 16, issue 12
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 7663–7679, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-7663-2016

Special issue: NETCARE (Network on Aerosols and Climate: Addressing Key Uncertainties...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 7663–7679, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-7663-2016

Research article 23 Jun 2016

Research article | 23 Jun 2016

Growth of nucleation mode particles in the summertime Arctic: a case study

Megan D. Willis et al.

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We present a case study focused on an aerosol growth event observed in the Canadian High Arctic during summer. Using measurements of aerosol chemical and physical properties we find evidence for aerosol growth into cloud condensation nuclei-active sizes, through marine-influenced secondary organic aerosol formation. Understanding the mechanisms that control the formation and growth of aerosol is crucial for our ability to predict cloud properties, and therefore radiative balance and climate.
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