Articles | Volume 8, issue 2
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 8, 407–423, 2008
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 8, 407–423, 2008

  31 Jan 2008

31 Jan 2008

Chemical composition of free tropospheric aerosol for PM1 and coarse mode at the high alpine site Jungfraujoch

J. Cozic1, B. Verheggen1,*, E. Weingartner1, J. Crosier2, K. N. Bower2, M. Flynn2, H. Coe2, S. Henning3, M. Steinbacher4, S. Henne4, M. Collaud Coen5, A. Petzold6, and U. Baltensperger1 J. Cozic et al.
  • 1Laboratory of Atmospheric Chemistry, Paul Scherrer Institut, 5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland
  • 2School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, University of Manchester, M13 9PL, UK
  • 3Leibniz-Institute for Tropospheric Research, 04318 Leipzig, Germany
  • 4Empa, Laboratory for Air Pollution/Environmental Technology, 8600 Dübendorf, Switzerland
  • 5Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology, MeteoSwiss, Aerological Station, 1530 Payerne, Switzerland
  • 6Institute for Atmospheric Physics, German Aerospace Centre, 82234 Wessling, Germany
  • *currently at: Energy research Centre of the Netherlands ECN, P.O. Box 1, 1755 ZG Petten, The Netherlands

Abstract. The chemical composition of submicron (fine mode) and supermicron (coarse mode) aerosol particles has been investigated at the Jungfraujoch high alpine research station (3580 m a.s.l., Switzerland) as part of the GAW aerosol monitoring program since 1999. A clear seasonality was observed for all major components throughout the period with low concentrations in winter (predominantly free tropospheric aerosol) and higher concentrations in summer (enhanced vertical transport of boundary layer pollutants). In addition, mass closure was attempted during intensive campaigns in March 2004, February–March 2005 and August 2005. Ionic, carbonaceous and non-refractory components of the aerosol were quantified as well as the PM1 and coarse mode total aerosol mass concentrations. A relatively low conversion factor of 1.8 for organic carbon (OC) to particulate organic matter (OM) was found in winter (February–March 2005). Organics, sulfate, ammonium, and nitrate were the major components of the fine aerosol fraction that were identified, while calcium and nitrate were the only two measured components contributing to the coarse mode. The aerosol mass concentrations for fine and coarse mode aerosol measured during the intensive campaigns were not typical of the long-term seasonality due largely to dynamical differences. Average fine and coarse mode concentrations during the intensive field campaigns were 1.7 μg m−3 and 2.4 μg m−3 in winter and 2.5 μg m−3 and 2.0 μg m−3 in summer, respectively. The mass balance of aerosols showed higher contributions of calcium and nitrate in the coarse mode during Saharan dust events (SDE) than without SDE.

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