Articles | Volume 8, issue 3
07 Feb 2008
 | 07 Feb 2008

LACIS-measurements and parameterization of sea-salt particle hygroscopic growth and activation

D. Niedermeier, H. Wex, J. Voigtländer, F. Stratmann, E. Brüggemann, A. Kiselev, H. Henk, and J. Heintzenberg

Abstract. The Leipzig Aerosol Cloud Interaction Simulator (LACIS) was used to investigate the hygroscopic growth and activation of sea-salt particles which were generated from three different sea-water samples. The measurements showed that the sea-salt particles exhibit a slightly reduced hygroscopic growth compared to pure NaCl particles. Köhler theory was utilized to model the hygroscopic growth of these particles. Some parameters used in this model are unknown for sea-salt. These parameters are combined in an "ionic density" ρion. For each sea-salt sample an average ρion was determined by fitting the Köhler equation to the data from the hygroscopic growth measurements. LACIS was also used to measure the activation of the sea-salt particles at three different supersaturations: 0.11%, 0.17% and 0.32%. A CCN-closure was tested by calculating the critical diameters Dcrit for the sea-salt particles at these supersaturations, using the Köhler model and the corresponding ρion as derived from the hygroscopic growth data. These calculated critical diameters were compared to the measured ones. Measured and calculated values of Dcrit agree within the level of uncertainty. Based on this successful closure, a new parameterization to describe sea-salt-particle hygroscopic growth (at RH>95%) and activation has been developed.

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