Size distribution of sea-salt emissions as a function of relative humidity

K. Max Zhang, Eladio M. Knipping, Anthony S. Wexler, Prakash V. Bhave, Gail S. Tonnesen

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This note presents a straightforward method to correct sea-salt-emission particle-size distributions according to local relative humidity. The proposed method covers a wide range of relative humidity (0.45-0.99) and its derivation incorporates recent laboratory results on sea-salt properties. The formulas are given as functions of relative humidity and compared with growth factors derived from earlier theoretical work. Application of this method to several common open-ocean and surf-zone sea-salt-particle source functions is described. The resulting sea-salt-emission aerosol distributions can be used directly in atmospheric model simulations without further correction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3373-3379
Number of pages7
JournalAtmospheric Environment
Issue number18
StatePublished - Jun 2005


  • Aerosol thermodynamics
  • Atmospheric modeling
  • Emission
  • Relative humidity
  • Sea-salt
  • Size correction
  • Size distribution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atmospheric Science
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Pollution


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