Articles | Volume 17, issue 1
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 297–311, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-297-2017

Special issue: The Saharan Aerosol Long-range Transport and Aerosol-Cloud-interaction...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 297–311, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-297-2017

Research article 05 Jan 2017

Research article | 05 Jan 2017

Particle settling and vertical mixing in the Saharan Air Layer as seen from an integrated model, lidar, and in situ perspective

Josef Gasteiger et al.

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To study aerosol transport in the Saharan Air Layer (SAL) from Africa to the Caribbean, we combine advanced optical models of Saharan aerosols with Stokes settling and two hypotheses about the occurrence of vertical mixing. By testing our hypotheses with lidar and in situ profiles measured near the top of the transported SAL, we find strong evidence that vertical mixing occurs in the SAL over the Atlantic with significant consequences for size distribution of the transported Saharan aerosols.
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