Articles | Volume 20, issue 14
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 8593–8610, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-8593-2020

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

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 8593–8610, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-8593-2020
Research article
22 Jul 2020
Research article | 22 Jul 2020

Airborne in situ measurements of aerosol size distributions and black carbon across the Indo-Gangetic Plain during SWAAMI–RAWEX

Mukunda Madhab Gogoi et al.

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Extensive airborne measurements of aerosol number–size distribution and black carbon (BC) profiles are carried out for the first time across the IGP prior to the onset of the Indian summer monsoon. These measurements, combined with spaceborne sensors and model results, provided an east–west transect of the role of mineral dust (local and transported) in the aerosol loading across the IGP, with an increase in coarse mode concentration and coarse mode mass fraction with altitude.
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