Articles | Volume 16, issue 14
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 9067–9087, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-9067-2016

Special issue: BACCHUS – Impact of Biogenic versus Anthropogenic emissions...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 9067–9087, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-9067-2016

Research article 25 Jul 2016

Research article | 25 Jul 2016

Ice nucleating particles in the Saharan Air Layer

Yvonne Boose et al.

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Mineral dust is known to be among the most prevalent ice-nucleating particles (INPs) in the atmosphere, playing a crucial role for ice cloud formation. We present 2 months of ground-based in situ measurements of INP concentrations in the free troposphere close to the largest global dust source, the Sahara. We find that some atmospheric processes such as mixing with biological particles and ammonium increase the dust INP ability. This is important when predicting INPs based on emissions.
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