This manuscript compares measurements of aerosol size distributions and microphysical properties retrieved from the Raman lidar BASIL with those obtained from a series of aircraft sensors during HyMeX-SOP1. The attention is focused on a measurement session on 02 October 2012, with BASIL measurements revealing the presence of a lower aerosol layer extending up to 3.3 km and an elevated layer extending from 3.6 to 4.6 km. Aerosol size distribution and microphysical properties are determined from multi-wavelength particle backscattering and extinction profile measurements through a retrieval approach based on Tikhonov regularization. A good agreement is found between BASIL and the microphysical sensors' measurements for all considered aerosol size and microphysical properties. Specifically, BASIL and in-situ volume concentration values are in the range 2-5 mu m(3) cm(-3) in the lower layer and in the range 1-3.5 mu m(3) cm(-3) in the upper layer. Values of the effective radius values from BASIL and the in-situ sensors are in the range 0.2-0.6 mu m in both the lower and upper layer. Aerosol size distributions are determined at 2.2, 2.8, 4 and 4.3 km, with a good agreement between the Raman lidar and the microphysical sensors at all considered heights. We combined these size and microphysical results with Lagrangian back-trajectory analyses and chemical composition measurements. From this combination of datasets we conclude that aerosol particles below 3 km were probably originated by wildfires in North America and/or by anthropogenic activities in North-Eastern Europe, while aerosols above 3 km were also probably originated by wildfires in North America.

Measurements of Aerosol Size and Microphysical Properties: A Comparison Between Raman Lidar and Airborne Sensors

Paolo Di Girolamo
Conceptualization
;
Benedetto De Rosa
Membro del Collaboration Group
;
Donato Summa
Membro del Collaboration Group
;
Noemi Franco
Membro del Collaboration Group
;
2022-01-01

Abstract

This manuscript compares measurements of aerosol size distributions and microphysical properties retrieved from the Raman lidar BASIL with those obtained from a series of aircraft sensors during HyMeX-SOP1. The attention is focused on a measurement session on 02 October 2012, with BASIL measurements revealing the presence of a lower aerosol layer extending up to 3.3 km and an elevated layer extending from 3.6 to 4.6 km. Aerosol size distribution and microphysical properties are determined from multi-wavelength particle backscattering and extinction profile measurements through a retrieval approach based on Tikhonov regularization. A good agreement is found between BASIL and the microphysical sensors' measurements for all considered aerosol size and microphysical properties. Specifically, BASIL and in-situ volume concentration values are in the range 2-5 mu m(3) cm(-3) in the lower layer and in the range 1-3.5 mu m(3) cm(-3) in the upper layer. Values of the effective radius values from BASIL and the in-situ sensors are in the range 0.2-0.6 mu m in both the lower and upper layer. Aerosol size distributions are determined at 2.2, 2.8, 4 and 4.3 km, with a good agreement between the Raman lidar and the microphysical sensors at all considered heights. We combined these size and microphysical results with Lagrangian back-trajectory analyses and chemical composition measurements. From this combination of datasets we conclude that aerosol particles below 3 km were probably originated by wildfires in North America and/or by anthropogenic activities in North-Eastern Europe, while aerosols above 3 km were also probably originated by wildfires in North America.
2022
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