Articles | Volume 19, issue 22
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 13859–13870, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-19-13859-2019
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 13859–13870, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-19-13859-2019
Research article
19 Nov 2019
Research article | 19 Nov 2019

Model-measurement consistency and limits of bioaerosol abundance over the continental United States

Maria A. Zawadowicz et al.

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We report measurements of small particles of biological origin (for example, fragments of bacteria, pollen, or fungal spores) in the atmosphere over the continental United States. We use a recently developed identification technique based on airborne mass spectrometry in conjunction with an extensive aircraft dataset. We show that biological particles are present at altitudes up to 10 km and we quantify typical concentrations.
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