Special Issue "Chemical-Physical and Optical Properties of the Aerosol in Europe and the Arctic"

A special issue of Atmosphere (ISSN 2073-4433). This special issue belongs to the section "Aerosols".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Luca Ferrero
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Environmental Chemistry, Particulate Matter Research Group, POLARIS research centre, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Milano-Bicocca, Piazza della Scienza 1, 20126 Milano, Italy
Interests: aerosol; vertical profiles; chemical composition; optical properties; black carbon; dust; radiative forcing; heating rate

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The chemical–physical and optical properties of the aerosol drive its direct and indirect climatic effects. As the aerosol may be long-range transported and the aerosol properties at any latitude may influence the planetary energy budget, both local and regional studies are welcome. As a matter of fact, the final radiative impact on a warming Artic is an actual and important issue on a global scale.

Thus, the present issue is dedicated to any study, either from experimental or modeling activities, in which aerosol properties (even in function of different sources/origins) and their optical/climatic impact are investigated from Southern Europe to the northernmost Arctic.

As most of the aerosol properties are often reported at ground level, vertical profiles measurements/simulations and cruise-based data are welcome.

Finally, aerosol chemical–physical properties should be investigated both by bulk and single particle approaches. Multidisciplinary studies which link size segregated aerosol properties (chemical–physical), fluxes, and hygroscopicity with their optical–climatic properties are encouraged.

Dr. Luca Ferrero
Guest Editor

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  • Aerosol
  • Chemical composition
  • Size distribution
  • Optical properties
  • Radiative forcing
  • Measurements
  • Modeling
  • Europe
  • Arctic
  • Transport

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Study of Chemical and Optical Properties of Biomass Burning Aerosols during Long-Range Transport Events toward the Arctic in Summer 2017
Atmosphere 2020, 11(1), 84; https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos11010084 - 10 Jan 2020
Biomass burning related aerosol episodes are becoming a serious threat to the radiative balance of the Arctic region. Since early July 2017 intense wildfires were recorded between August and September in Canada and Greenland, covering an area up to 4674 km2 in [...] Read more.
Biomass burning related aerosol episodes are becoming a serious threat to the radiative balance of the Arctic region. Since early July 2017 intense wildfires were recorded between August and September in Canada and Greenland, covering an area up to 4674 km2 in size. This paper describes the impact of these biomass burning (BB) events measured over Svalbard, using an ensemble of ground-based, columnar, and vertically-resolved techniques. BB influenced the aerosol chemistry via nitrates and oxalates, which exhibited an increase in their concentrations in all of size fractions, indicating the BB origin of particles. The absorption coefficient data (530 nm) at ground reached values up to 0.6 Mm–1, highlighting the impact of these BB events when compared to average Arctic background values, which do not exceed 0.05 Mm–1. The absorption behavior is fundamental as implies a subsequent atmospheric heating. At the same time, the AERONET Aerosol Optical Depth (AOD) data showed high values at stations located close to or in Canada (AOD over 2.0). Similarly, increased values of AODs were then observed in Svalbard, e.g., in Hornsund (daily average AODs exceeded 0.14 and reached hourly values up to 0.5). Elevated values of AODs were then registered in Sodankylä and Andenes (daily average AODs exceeding 0.150) a few days after the Svalbard observation of the event highlighting the BB columnar magnitude, which is crucial for the radiative impact. All the reported data suggest to rank the summer 2017 plume of aerosols as one of the biggest atmosphere related environmental problems over Svalbard region in last 10 years. Full article
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Planned Papers

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Title: Study of chemical and optical properties of biomass burning aerosols during long-range transport events towards the Arctic in summer 2017
Authors: T. Zielinski, L. Ferrero, S. Grassl, G. H. Hansen, D. Mateos, M. Mazzola, R. Neuber, P. Pakszys, M. Posyniak, Ch. Ritter, M. Severi, P. Sobolewski, R. Traversi, C. Velasco-Merino   

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