Articles | Volume 21, issue 12
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 9329–9342, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-9329-2021

Special issue: Arctic mixed-phase clouds as studied during the ACLOUD/PASCAL...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 9329–9342, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-9329-2021

Technical note 17 Jun 2021

Technical note | 17 Jun 2021

Technical note: Sea salt interference with black carbon quantification in snow samples using the single particle soot photometer

Marco Zanatta et al.

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Saline snow samples were collected from the sea ice in the Fram Strait. Laboratory experiments revealed that sea salt can bias the quantification of black carbon with a laser-induced incandescence technique. The maximum underestimation was quantified to reach values of 80 %–90 %. This salt-induced interference is reported here for the first time and should be considered in future studies aiming to quantify black carbon in snow in marine environments.
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