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Atmospheric carbonaceous aerosols are able to absorb solar radiation and they continue to contribute some of the largest uncertainties in projected climate change. One important detail is how the chemical species are arranged inside each particle, i.e. the knowledge of their mixing state. We use an ensemble of regional model simulations to test different mixing state assumptions and found that a combination of internal and external mixing may better reproduce sunphotometer observations.
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ACP | Articles | Volume 19, issue 1
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 181–204, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-19-181-2019

Special issue: Global and regional assessment of intercontinental transport...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 181–204, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-19-181-2019

Research article 07 Jan 2019

Research article | 07 Jan 2019

Modelling black carbon absorption of solar radiation: combining external and internal mixing assumptions

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Atmospheric carbonaceous aerosols are able to absorb solar radiation and they continue to contribute some of the largest uncertainties in projected climate change. One important detail is how the chemical species are arranged inside each particle, i.e. the knowledge of their mixing state. We use an ensemble of regional model simulations to test different mixing state assumptions and found that a combination of internal and external mixing may better reproduce sunphotometer observations.
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