Articles | Volume 18, issue 2
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 587–599, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-587-2018

Special issue: Pan-Eurasian Experiment (PEEX)

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 587–599, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-587-2018

Research article 18 Jan 2018

Research article | 18 Jan 2018

Spatial distribution and occurrence probability of regional new particle formation events in eastern China

Xiaojing Shen et al.

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In this study we used the NanoMap method by applying back trajectories and particle number size distribution in different rural sites in China to evaluate the spatial distribution of NPF events and their occurrence probability. We found difference in the horizontal spatial distribution of new particle source areas was connected to typical meteorological conditions. The horizontal extent of NPF reached to larger than 500 km at two sites, favoured by the fast transport of northwesterly air masses.
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