Articles | Volume 18, issue 19
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-14037-2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-14037-2018
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04 Oct 2018
Research article |  | 04 Oct 2018

Effects of mixing state on optical and radiative properties of black carbon in the European Arctic

Marco Zanatta, Paolo Laj, Martin Gysel, Urs Baltensperger, Stergios Vratolis, Konstantinos Eleftheriadis, Yutaka Kondo, Philippe Dubuisson, Victor Winiarek, Stelios Kazadzis, Peter Tunved, and Hans-Werner Jacobi

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The research community aims to quantify the actual contribution of soot particles to the recent Arctic warming. We discovered that mixing of soot with other components might enhance its light absorption power by 50 %. The neglection of such amplification might lead to the underestimation of radiative forcing by 0.12 W m−2. Thus a better understanding of the optical properties of soot is a crucial step for an accurate quantification of the radiative impact of soot in the Arctic atmosphere.
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