Articles | Volume 18, issue 13
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 9823–9830, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-9823-2018
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 9823–9830, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-9823-2018

Technical note 12 Jul 2018

Technical note | 12 Jul 2018

Technical note: Updated parameterization of the reactive uptake of glyoxal and methylglyoxal by atmospheric aerosols and cloud droplets

Leah A. Curry, William G. Tsui, and V. Faye McNeill Leah A. Curry et al.
  • Department of Chemical Engineering, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027, USA

Abstract. We present updated recommendations for the reactive uptake coefficients for glyoxal and methylglyoxal uptake to aqueous aerosol particles and cloud droplets. The particle and droplet types considered were based on definitions in GEOS-Chem v11, but the approach is general. Liquid maritime and continental cloud droplets were considered. Aerosol types include sea salt (fine and coarse), with varying relative humidity and particle size, and sulfate/nitrate/ammonium as a function of relative humidity and particle composition. We take into account salting effects, aerosol thermodynamics, mass transfer, and irreversible reaction of the organic species with OH in the aqueous phase. The new recommended values for the reactive uptake coefficients in most cases are lower than those currently used in large-scale models, such as GEOS-Chem. We expect application of these parameterizations will result in improved representation of aqueous secondary organic aerosol formation in atmospheric chemistry models.

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We have developed a new parameterization of the reactive uptake of glyoxal and methylglyoxal by atmospheric aerosols and cloud droplets. Our calculations take into account newly available information regarding the gas–particle partitioning of these species and their chemical processing in the aerosol phase. We expect application of these parameterizations will result in improved representation of aqueous secondary organic aerosol formation in atmospheric chemistry models.
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