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Title: Final Report: Collaborative Project: Contributions of organic compounds to the growth of freshly nucleated atmospheric nanoparticles

Abstract

New-particle formation (NPF) is a significant source of aerosol particles into the atmosphere. However, these particles are initially too small to have climatic importance and must grow, primarily through net uptake of low-volatility species and more volatile gases that react in particles to form stable compounds, from diameters of ~1 nm to 30–100 nm in order to potentially impact climate. At the present time there are uncertainties in the physical and chemical processes associated with the growth of these freshly formed particles that lead to uncertainties in model predictions of aerosol-climate interactions. In this project, we used a combination of field, laboratory, and modelling studies to understand the processes leading to nanoparticle growth and evaluated and improved growth in global aerosol models. During this period this research team has either participated in, or analyzed observations from, four DOE-funded campaigns: the 2013 New Particle Formation Study (NPFS) at the ARM Southern Great Plains (SGP) site; the 2013 Biogenic Aerosols – Effects on Clouds and Climate campaign (BAECC) in Hyytiala, Finland; Observations and Modeling of the Green Ocean Amazon (GoAmazon2014/5) in central Amazonia, Brazil; and, most recently, the 2016 Holistic Interactions of Shallow Clouds, Aerosols, and Land-Ecosystems (HI-SCALE) campaign at the SGPmore » site. In addition, the research team explored nanoparticle growth mechanisms in laboratory experiments at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, University of California, Irvine, and the CLOUD chamber in Geneva, Switzerland. Modeling efforts resulted in a process-level model that incorporated both salt formation and the uptake of low-volatility organic compounds, which was able to connect measurements of gas and nanoparticle phase compounds observed during NPFS. In total, the results of this work have been described in 32 peer-reviewed publications and 34 invited or conference presentations.« less

Authors:
 [1]
  1. Colorado State Univ., Fort Collins, CO (United States). Dept. of Atmospheric Science
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Colorado State Univ., Fort Collins, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Biological and Environmental Research (BER) (SC-23). Climate and Environmental Sciences Division
OSTI Identifier:
1466224
Report Number(s):
DOE-CSU-0011780
DOE Contract Number:  
SC0011780
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; 58 GEOSCIENCES

Citation Formats

Pierce, Jeffrey. Final Report: Collaborative Project: Contributions of organic compounds to the growth of freshly nucleated atmospheric nanoparticles. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.2172/1466224.
Pierce, Jeffrey. Final Report: Collaborative Project: Contributions of organic compounds to the growth of freshly nucleated atmospheric nanoparticles. United States. doi:10.2172/1466224.
Pierce, Jeffrey. Thu . "Final Report: Collaborative Project: Contributions of organic compounds to the growth of freshly nucleated atmospheric nanoparticles". United States. doi:10.2172/1466224. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1466224.
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title = {Final Report: Collaborative Project: Contributions of organic compounds to the growth of freshly nucleated atmospheric nanoparticles},
author = {Pierce, Jeffrey},
abstractNote = {New-particle formation (NPF) is a significant source of aerosol particles into the atmosphere. However, these particles are initially too small to have climatic importance and must grow, primarily through net uptake of low-volatility species and more volatile gases that react in particles to form stable compounds, from diameters of ~1 nm to 30–100 nm in order to potentially impact climate. At the present time there are uncertainties in the physical and chemical processes associated with the growth of these freshly formed particles that lead to uncertainties in model predictions of aerosol-climate interactions. In this project, we used a combination of field, laboratory, and modelling studies to understand the processes leading to nanoparticle growth and evaluated and improved growth in global aerosol models. During this period this research team has either participated in, or analyzed observations from, four DOE-funded campaigns: the 2013 New Particle Formation Study (NPFS) at the ARM Southern Great Plains (SGP) site; the 2013 Biogenic Aerosols – Effects on Clouds and Climate campaign (BAECC) in Hyytiala, Finland; Observations and Modeling of the Green Ocean Amazon (GoAmazon2014/5) in central Amazonia, Brazil; and, most recently, the 2016 Holistic Interactions of Shallow Clouds, Aerosols, and Land-Ecosystems (HI-SCALE) campaign at the SGP site. In addition, the research team explored nanoparticle growth mechanisms in laboratory experiments at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, University of California, Irvine, and the CLOUD chamber in Geneva, Switzerland. Modeling efforts resulted in a process-level model that incorporated both salt formation and the uptake of low-volatility organic compounds, which was able to connect measurements of gas and nanoparticle phase compounds observed during NPFS. In total, the results of this work have been described in 32 peer-reviewed publications and 34 invited or conference presentations.},
doi = {10.2172/1466224},
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year = {2018},
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