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Our study presents an analysis of the vertical and horizontal black carbon properties across northern India using aircraft measurements. The Indo-Gangetic Plain saw the greatest black carbon mass concentrations during the pre-monsoon season. Two black carbon modes were recorded: a small black carbon mode (traffic emissions) in the north-west and a moderately coated mode (solid-fuel emissions) in the Indo-Gangetic Plain. In the vertical profile, absorption properties increase with height.
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ACP | Articles | Volume 19, issue 20
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 13079–13096, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-19-13079-2019

Special issue: Interactions between aerosols and the South West Asian...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 13079–13096, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-19-13079-2019

Research article 23 Oct 2019

Research article | 23 Oct 2019

Black carbon physical and optical properties across northern India during pre-monsoon and monsoon seasons

James Brooks et al.

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Our study presents an analysis of the vertical and horizontal black carbon properties across northern India using aircraft measurements. The Indo-Gangetic Plain saw the greatest black carbon mass concentrations during the pre-monsoon season. Two black carbon modes were recorded: a small black carbon mode (traffic emissions) in the north-west and a moderately coated mode (solid-fuel emissions) in the Indo-Gangetic Plain. In the vertical profile, absorption properties increase with height.
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