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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Abstract

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
Volume39
Issue number18
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2005

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Keywords

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

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  • Atmospheric Science
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Pollution

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Zhang, K. M., Knipping, E. M., Wexler, A. S., Bhave, P. V., & Tonnesen, G. S. (2005). Size distribution of sea-salt emissions as a function of relative humidity. Atmospheric Environment, 39(18), 3373-3379. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2005.02.032

Size distribution of sea-salt emissions as a function of relative humidity. / Zhang, K. Max; Knipping, Eladio M.; Wexler, Anthony S.; Bhave, Prakash V.; Tonnesen, Gail S.

In: Atmospheric Environment, Vol. 39, No. 18, 06.2005, p. 3373-3379.

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Zhang, KM, Knipping, EM, Wexler, AS, Bhave, PV & Tonnesen, GS 2005, 'Size distribution of sea-salt emissions as a function of relative humidity', Atmospheric Environment, vol. 39, no. 18, pp. 3373-3379. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2005.02.032
Zhang, K. Max ; Knipping, Eladio M. ; Wexler, Anthony S. ; Bhave, Prakash V. ; Tonnesen, Gail S. / Size distribution of sea-salt emissions as a function of relative humidity. In: Atmospheric Environment. 2005 ; Vol. 39, No. 18. pp. 3373-3379.
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