Articles | Volume 17, issue 5
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 3605–3617, 2017
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 3605–3617, 2017

Research article 14 Mar 2017

Research article | 14 Mar 2017

Composition, size and cloud condensation nuclei activity of biomass burning aerosol from northern Australian savannah fires

Marc D. Mallet et al.


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Short summary
This paper presents data on the size, composition and concentration of aerosol particles emitted from north Australian savannah fires and how these properties influence cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) concentrations. Both the size and composition of aerosol were found to be important in determining CCN. Despite large CCNc enhancements during periods of close biomass burning, the aerosol was very weakly hygroscopic which should be accounted for in climate models to avoid large CCNc overestimates.
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