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Characterization of Urban New Particle Formation in Amman—Jordan

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Department of Physics, The University of Jordan, Amman 11942, Jordan
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Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research (INAR)/Physics, Faculty of Science, University of Helsinki, PL 64, FI-00014 UHEL, Helsinki, Finland
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Department of Physical Geography, Faculty of Geographical Science and Planning, University of Isfahan, Isfahan 8174673441, Iran
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Finnish Meteorological Institute, Climate Change Programme, FI-00101 Helsinki, Finland
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Atmosphere 2020, 11(1), 79; https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos11010079
Received: 30 November 2019 / Revised: 5 January 2020 / Accepted: 7 January 2020 / Published: 9 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Atmospheric Chemistry and New Particle Formation)
We characterized new particle formation (NPF) events in the urban background of Amman during August 2016–July 2017. The monthly mean of submicron particle number concentration was 1.2 × 104–3.7 × 104 cm−3 (exhibited seasonal, weekly, and diurnal variation). Nucleation mode (10–15 nm) concentration was 0.7 × 103–1.1 × 103 cm−3 during daytime with a sharp peak (1.1 × 103–1.8 × 103 cm−3) around noon. We identified 110 NPF events (≈34% of all days) of which 55 showed a decreasing mode diameter after growth. The NPF event occurrence was higher in summer than in winter, and events were accompanied with air mass back trajectories crossing over the Eastern Mediterranean. The mean nucleation rate (J10) was 1.9 ± 1.1 cm−3 s−1 (monthly mean 1.6–2.7 cm−3 s−1) and the mean growth rate was 6.8 ± 3.1 nm/h (4.1–8.8 nm/h). The formation rate did not have a seasonal pattern, but the growth rate had a seasonal variation (maximum around August and minimum in winter). The mean condensable vapor source rate was 4.1 ± 2.2 × 105 molecules/cm3 s (2.6–6.9 × 105 molecules/cm3 s) with a seasonal pattern (maximum around August). The mean condensation sink was 8.9 ± 3.3 × 10−3 s−1 (6.4–14.8 × 10−3 s−1) with a seasonal pattern (minimum around June and maximum in winter). View Full-Text
Keywords: formation rate; growth rate; condensation sink; vapor source rate; particle number size distribution; seasonal formation rate; growth rate; condensation sink; vapor source rate; particle number size distribution; seasonal
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Hussein, T.; Atashi, N.; Sogacheva, L.; Hakala, S.; Dada, L.; Petäjä, T.; Kulmala, M. Characterization of Urban New Particle Formation in Amman—Jordan. Atmosphere 2020, 11, 79.

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