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The main objective of this study is to reinforce the observations of new particle formation (NPF) events in the Southern Hemisphere and more particularly for a site that is both marine and at altitude, the Maïdo observatory (2150 m), on Réunion. We recorded a high annual NPF frequency of 65 % and we note that monthly averages show a bimodal variation. We estimate the intensity and the characteristics of the events and describe their seasonality by comparing them to other parameters.
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ACP | Articles | Volume 18, issue 13
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 9243–9261, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-9243-2018
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 9243–9261, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-9243-2018

Research article 03 Jul 2018

Research article | 03 Jul 2018

High occurrence of new particle formation events at the Maïdo high-altitude observatory (2150 m), Réunion (Indian Ocean)

Brice Foucart et al.

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The main objective of this study is to reinforce the observations of new particle formation (NPF) events in the Southern Hemisphere and more particularly for a site that is both marine and at altitude, the Maïdo observatory (2150 m), on Réunion. We recorded a high annual NPF frequency of 65 % and we note that monthly averages show a bimodal variation. We estimate the intensity and the characteristics of the events and describe their seasonality by comparing them to other parameters.
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