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https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-2021-530
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-2021-530
01 Sep 2021
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Status: this preprint was under review for the journal ACP. A final paper is not foreseen.

Occurrence of new particle formation events in Siberian and Finnish boreal forest

Helmi Uusitalo, Jenni Kontkanen, Ilona Ylivinkka, Ekaterina Ezhova, Anastasiia Demakova, Mikhail Arshinov, Boris Denisovich Belan, Denis Davydov, Nan Ma, Tuukka Petäjä, Alfred Wiedensohler, Markku Kulmala, and Tuomo Nieminen

Abstract. The occurence of new particle formation (NPF) events was investigated at four sites in the boreal forest environment (Hyytiälä SMEAR II and Värriö SMEAR I in Finland; Tomsk-Fonovaya and ZOTTO in Siberia, Russia), by analyzing measured particle number size-distributions (PNSD) and theoretical calculations of particle survival probabilities. NPF events were less frequent at the Siberian sites than at the Finnish sites. This is likely linked to lower survival probabilities of the freshly-formed particles at the Siberian sites, due to higher coagulational losses and lower particle growth rates. Another factor affecting the frequency of observed NPF events is the minimum detectable particle size. When the NPF event classification was made for Hyytiälä, Värriö and Tomsk-Fonovaya sites based on PNSD starting from 15 nm instead of 3 nm, the observed NPF frequencies decreased. This result highlights the importance of measuring PNSD starting from sub-10 nm particles, in order to obtain reliable estimates of the NPF characteristics.

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Helmi Uusitalo, Jenni Kontkanen, Ilona Ylivinkka, Ekaterina Ezhova, Anastasiia Demakova, Mikhail Arshinov, Boris Denisovich Belan, Denis Davydov, Nan Ma, Tuukka Petäjä, Alfred Wiedensohler, Markku Kulmala, and Tuomo Nieminen

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  • RC1: 'Comment on acp-2021-530', Anonymous Referee #1, 30 Sep 2021
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Tuomo Nieminen, 10 Mar 2022
  • RC2: 'Comment on acp-2021-530', Anonymous Referee #2, 13 Oct 2021
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Tuomo Nieminen, 10 Mar 2022

Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on acp-2021-530', Anonymous Referee #1, 30 Sep 2021
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Tuomo Nieminen, 10 Mar 2022
  • RC2: 'Comment on acp-2021-530', Anonymous Referee #2, 13 Oct 2021
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Tuomo Nieminen, 10 Mar 2022
Helmi Uusitalo, Jenni Kontkanen, Ilona Ylivinkka, Ekaterina Ezhova, Anastasiia Demakova, Mikhail Arshinov, Boris Denisovich Belan, Denis Davydov, Nan Ma, Tuukka Petäjä, Alfred Wiedensohler, Markku Kulmala, and Tuomo Nieminen
Helmi Uusitalo, Jenni Kontkanen, Ilona Ylivinkka, Ekaterina Ezhova, Anastasiia Demakova, Mikhail Arshinov, Boris Denisovich Belan, Denis Davydov, Nan Ma, Tuukka Petäjä, Alfred Wiedensohler, Markku Kulmala, and Tuomo Nieminen

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Short summary
Characteristics of formation of atmospheric aerosol at four boreal forest sites in Finland and Russian Siberia was analyzed. Our results provide information on the governing processes of atmospheric aerosol formation in the boreal forest area, which a substantial part of the continental biosphere. Aerosol formation was occurring less frequently at Siberian than in Finnish sites, which was affected by the lower particle growth rates and higher loss rates in Siberia.
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