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Spatial variability of aerosol and black carbon concentrations in the troposphere of the Russian Arctic
Author(s): Valerii S. Kozlov; Mikhail V. Panchenko; Jean D. Paris; Philippe Nédéléc; Dmitry G. Chernov; Vladimir P. Shmargunov
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Paper Abstract

A cycle of flights of the Optik TU-134 Flying Laboratory of IAO SB RAS over regions of Western Siberia and the Russian Arctic (55.0–74.8°N, 61.3–82.9°Е) was carried out on October 15-17 of 2014 within the framework of the YAK-AEROSIB Russian—French Project. The mass concentrations of submicron aerosol and Black Carbon (BC) in the troposphere up to a height of 8.5 km were measured in the flights. The ranges of variability were 0.3-20 μg/m3 for the aerosol concentration and 0.02-1 μg/m3 for the BC concentration. In the subpolar latitudes of 71-74.8°N, the lower levels of aerosol (0.8-6 μg/m3) and BC (0.02-0.3 μg/m3) were observed. The comparison of the results of airborne sensing in 2008 and 2014 has shown that in the Western Subartic the aerosol and BC concentrations in the vertical profiles up to six times exceeded those observed in the Eastern Subarctic (0.3-1 μg/m3 and 10-50 ng/m3). The excess of the mean integral BC concentrations and the aerosol optical depth was, on average, 2-2.5 times (0.16 mg/m2; 0.02). In the region of the Kara Sea at heights of 0.5-2 and 4-6 km, the excess of the aerosol content in the western sector in comparison with the eastern one was, on average, 2 times, while for the black carbon the excess achieved 7 times at heights of 1-2 km (0.25- 0.035 μg/m3). The mean integral concentrations of aerosol and black carbon ∼ 1.3 times exceeded those in the clearer eastern region of the sea (0.31 mg/m2; 0.049). The obtained estimates indicate the decrease of the aerosol and BC concentrations in the subpolar latitudes of the Russian Federation from the west to the east.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 November 2015
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 9680, 21st International Symposium Atmospheric and Ocean Optics: Atmospheric Physics, 96802T (19 November 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2204813
Show Author Affiliations
Valerii S. Kozlov, V.E. Zuev Institute of Atmospheric Optics (Russian Federation)
Mikhail V. Panchenko, V.E. Zuev Institute of Atmospheric Optics (Russian Federation)
Jean D. Paris, Lab. des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement, IPSL (France)
Philippe Nédéléc, Lab. d'Aerologie (France)
Dmitry G. Chernov, V.E. Zuev Institute of Atmospheric Optics (Russian Federation)
Vladimir P. Shmargunov, V.E. Zuev Institute of Atmospheric Optics (Russian Federation)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9680:
21st International Symposium Atmospheric and Ocean Optics: Atmospheric Physics
Oleg A. Romanovskii, Editor(s)

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