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Low number concentration of ice nucleating particles in an aged smoke plume

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author Conen Franz, Bukowiecki Nicolas, Gysel Martin, Steinbacher Martin, Fischer Andrea, Reimann Stefan,
Project ICOS-CH Phase 2
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society
Volume (Issue) 144(715)
Page(s) 1991 - 1994
Title of proceedings Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society
DOI 10.1002/qj.2018.144.issue-715

Abstract

Smoke from forest fires in the western part of North America reached the High Altitude Research Station Jungfraujoch, Switzerland, at the beginning of September 2017. Number concentration of ice nucleating particles (INPs) active at −15 °C or warmer decreased by about half during its passage. This is different to observations of enhanced INP concentrations in fresh plumes from forest fires. We hypothesise that INPs initially present in a smoke plume are lost or deactivated during long-range transport, while components of smoke capable of deactivating INPs originally present or mixed later into the plume continue to remain active across a longer distance.
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