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Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.1029/2012JD018039

Seasonal variation of surface and vertical profile of aerosol properties over a tropical urban station Hyderabad, India

16 Jan 2013-Journal of Geophysical Research (John Wiley & Sons, Ltd)-Vol. 118, Iss: 2, pp 749-768
Abstract: [1] One year measurement of vertical profiles of volume backscatter and extinction coefficient, aerosol optical depth (AOD), mass concentration of black carbon (BC) and composite aerosol along with thermodynamic structure of the atmosphere has been carried out over an urban tropical location of Hyderabad(17.47°N, 78.58°E), India, during April 2009 to March 2010. The mean mixing layer height (MLH) exhibits large seasonality exceeding 4 km in pre-monsoon period whereas in winter it comes down to ~1.5 km with an annual mean value of 2.35 ± 1.02 km. Surface BC mass fraction (FBC) shows marked seasonal variation from winter (13 ± 1.9%), pre-monsoon (8.19 ± 2.16%), monsoon (7.3 ± 1.8%) to post-monsoon (11.8 ± 0.18%). The profiles of volume backscatter and extinction coefficients reveal presence of elevated aerosol layers from 2 to 4 km and strong oscillations during pre-monsoon (March–May) and monsoon (June–September) seasons, respectively, while in post-monsoon (October–November) and winter (December–February), the aerosols are well within the lower boundary layer and also exhibit a drastic decrease with increasing altitude. These elevated aerosol layers and vertical distribution appear to be closely linked to the thermodynamic structure of the atmosphere. The aerosol optical properties in conjunction with air mass back trajectory analysis indicate that the observed elevated aerosol layers during pre-monsoon and monsoon could contain significant fraction of coarse mode particles with a mix of dust and marine aerosols. Further analysis reveals that the aerosols within atmospheric boundary layer (ABL) dominate the column aerosol loading with ABL-AOD contributing to ~77.7 ± 17.0%, with significant seasonal variation from winter (86.2 ± 13.1%), pre-monsoon (76.6 ± 12.8%), monsoon (54.2 ± 15.6%) to post monsoon (80.8 ± 14.8%). Seasonal variation of ABL-AOD and BC mass fraction follows similar pattern in the ABL indicating that BC may be an important contributor to the ABL aerosol loading. more

Topics: Aerosol (58%), Mass concentration (chemistry) (52%), Air mass (51%)

Journal ArticleDOI: 10.1016/J.ATMOSENV.2013.06.020
Abstract: Atmospheric aerosols over India exhibit large spatio-temporal fluctuation driven by the local monsoon system, emission rates and seasonally-changed air masses. The northern part of India is well-known for its high aerosol loading throughout the year due to anthropogenic emissions, dust influence and biomass burning. On certain circumstances and, under favorable weather conditions, the aerosol load can be severe, causing significant health concerns and climate implications. The present work analyzes the aerosol episode (AE) days and examines the modification in aerosol properties and radiative forcing during the period 2001-2010 based on Kanpur-AERONET sun photometer data. As AEs are considered the days having daily-mean aerosol optical depth (AOD) above the decadal mean + 1 STD (standard deviation); the threshold value is defined at 0.928. The results identify 277 out of 2095 days (13.2%) of AEs over Kanpur, which are most frequently observed during post-monsoon (78 cases, 18.6%) and monsoon (76, 14.7%) seasons due to biomass-burning episodes and dust influence, respectively. On the other hand, the AEs in winter and pre-monsoon are lower in both absolute and percentage values (65, 12.5% and 58, 9.1%, respectively). The modification in aerosol properties on the AE days is strongly related to season. Thus, in post-monsoon andmore » winter the AEs are associated with enhanced presence of fine-mode aerosols and Black Carbon from anthropogenic pollution and any kind of burning, while in pre-monsoon and monsoon seasons they are mostly associated with transported dust. Aerosol radiative forcing (ARF) calculated using SBDART shows much more surface (~-69 to -97 Wm-2) and Top of Atmosphere cooling (-20 to -30 Wm-2) as well as atmospheric heating (~43 to 71 Wm-2) during the AE days compared to seasonal means. These forcing values are mainly controlled by the higher AODs and the modified aerosol characteristics (Angstrom α, SSA) during the AE days in each season and may cause severe climate implications over Ganges Basin with further consequences on atmospheric heating, cloud microphysics, monsoon rainfall and melting of Himalayan glaciers.« less more

Topics: Aerosol (58%), Radiative forcing (55%)

87 Citations

Journal ArticleDOI: 10.1016/J.JASTP.2013.08.003
Abstract: Time variability of black carbon (BC) aerosols over different timescales (daily, weekly and annual) is studied over a tropical urban location Hyderabad in India using seven channel portable Aethalometer. The results for the 2-year period (January 2009–December 2010) show a daily-mean BC variability from ~1.00±0.12 µg m−3 to 12.50±3.06 µg m−3, with a remarkable annual pattern of winter high and monsoon low. The BC values maximize during winter (December–January), ~6.67±0.22 µg m−3, and drop during summer (June–August), ~2.36±0.09 µg m−3, which establishes a large seasonal variation. Furthermore, the BC mass concentration exhibits a well-defined diurnal variation, with a morning peak and early afternoon minimum. The magnitude of the diurnal variations is seasonal dependent, which maximizes during the winter months. Air mass back trajectories indicated several different transport pathways, while the concentration weighted trajectory (CWT) analysis reveals that the most important potential sources for BC aerosols are the Indo-Gangetic plain (IGP), central India and some hot spots in Pakistan, Arabian Peninsula and Persian Gulf. The absorbing Angstrom exponent (αabs) estimated from the spectral values of absorption coefficient (σabs) ranges from 0.9 to 1.1 indicating high BC/OC ratio typical of fossil fuel origin. The annual average BC mass fraction to composite aerosols is found to be (10±3) % contributing to the atmospheric forcing by (55±10) %. The BC radiative forcing at the atmosphere shows strong seasonal dependency with higher values in winter (33.49±7.01) and spring (31.78±12.89) and moderate in autumn (18.94±6.71) and summer (13.15±1.66). The BC radiative forcing at the top of the atmosphere (TOA) is positive in all months, suggesting an overall heating of the regional climate over Hyderabad. more

Topics: Radiative forcing (54%), Aethalometer (52%), Diurnal temperature variation (51%) more

57 Citations

Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.1155/2014/179301
Abstract: We compare the mass concentrations of black carbon (BC) and elemental carbon (EC) from different emissions in the Indo-Gangetic Plain (IGP), using optical (Aethalometer; 880 nm) and thermooptical technique (EC-OC analyzer; 678 nm), respectively. The fractional contribution of BC mass concentration measured at two different channels (370 and 880 nm), OC/EC ratio, and non-sea-salt K more

50 Citations

Journal ArticleDOI: 10.1016/J.SCITOTENV.2016.08.185
Abstract: The ground and vertical profiles of particulate matter (PM) were mapped as part of a pilot study using a Tethered balloon within the lower troposphere (1000m) during the foggy episodes in the winter season of 2015-16 in New Delhi, India. Measurements of black carbon (BC) aerosol and PM <2.5 and 10μm (PM2.5 & PM10 respectively) concentrations and their associated particulate optical properties along with meteorological parameters were made. The mean concentrations of PM2.5, PM10, BC370nm, and BC880nm were observed to be 146.8±42.1, 245.4±65.4, 30.3±12.2, and 24.1±10.3μgm-3, respectively. The mean value of PM2.5 was ~12 times higher than the annual US-EPA air quality standard. The fraction of BC in PM2.5 that contributed to absorption in the shorter visible wavelengths (BC370nm) was ~21%. Compared to clear days, the ground level mass concentrations of PM2.5 and BC370nm particles were substantially increased (59% and 24%, respectively) during the foggy episode. The aerosol light extinction coefficient (σext) value was much higher (mean: 610Mm-1) during the lower visibility (foggy) condition. Higher concentrations of PM2.5 (89μgm-3) and longer visible wavelength absorbing BC880nm (25.7μgm-3) particles were observed up to 200m. The BC880nm and PM2.5 aerosol concentrations near boundary layer (1km) were significantly higher (~1.9 and 12μgm-3), respectively. The BC (i.e BCtot) aerosol direct radiative forcing (DRF) values were estimated at the top of the atmosphere (TOA), surface (SFC), and atmosphere (ATM) and its resultant forcing were - 75.5Wm-2 at SFC indicating the cooling effect at the surface. A positive value (20.9Wm-2) of BC aerosol DRF at TOA indicated the warming effect at the top of the atmosphere over the study region. The net DRF value due to BC aerosol was positive (96.4Wm-2) indicating a net warming effect in the atmosphere. The contribution of fossil and biomass fuels to the observed BC aerosol DRF values was ~78% and ~22%, respectively. The higher mean atmospheric heating rate (2.71Kday-1) by BC aerosol in the winter season would probably strengthen the temperature inversion leading to poor dispersion and affecting the formation of clouds. Serious detrimental impacts on regional climate due to the high concentrations of BC and PM (especially PM2.5) aerosol are likely based on this study and suggest the need for immediate, stringent measures to improve the regional air quality in the northern India. more

Topics: Aerosol (54%), Particulates (50%)

50 Citations

Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.1016/J.ATMOSRES.2017.04.019
Abstract: The insufficient number of ground-based stations for measuring Particulate Matter <10μm (PM10) in the developing countries hinders PM10 monitoring at a regional scale. The present study aims to develop empirical models for PM10 estimation from space over Malaysia using aerosol optical depth (AOD550) and meteorological (surface temperature, relative humidity and atmospheric stability) data (retrieved or estimated) from Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) during the period 2007–2011. The MODIS retrievals are found to be satisfactorily correlated with ground-based measurements at Malaysia. Multiple linear regressions (MLR) and Artificial Neural Network (ANN) techniques are utilized to develop the empirical models for PM10 estimation. The model development and training are performed via comparison with measured PM10 at 29 stations over Malaysia and reveal that the ANN provides slightly higher accuracy with R2=0.71 and RMSE=11.61μgm−3 compared to the MLR method (R2=0.66 and RMSE=12.39μgm−3). Stepwise regression analysis performed on the MLR method reveals that the MODIS AOD550 is the most important parameter for PM10 estimations (R2=0.59 and RMSE=13.61μgm−3); however, the inclusion of the meteorological parameters in the MLR increases the accuracy of the retrievals (R2=0.66, RMSE=12.39μgm−3). The estimated PM10 concentrations are finally validated against surface measurements at 16 stations resulting in similar performance from the ANN model (R2=0.58, RMSE=10.16μgm−3) and MLR technique (R2=0.56, RMSE=10.58μgm−3). The significant accuracy that has been attained in PM10 estimations from space allows us to assess the pollution levels in Malaysia and map the PM10 distribution at large spatial and temporal scales. more

43 Citations


Journal ArticleDOI: 10.1038/35055518
Mark Z. Jacobson1Institutions (1)
08 Feb 2001-Nature
Abstract: Aerosols affect the Earth's temperature and climate by altering the radiative properties of the atmosphere. A large positive component of this radiative forcing from aerosols is due to black carbon--soot--that is released from the burning of fossil fuel and biomass, and, to a lesser extent, natural fires, but the exact forcing is affected by how black carbon is mixed with other aerosol constituents. From studies of aerosol radiative forcing, it is known that black carbon can exist in one of several possible mixing states; distinct from other aerosol particles (externally mixed) or incorporated within them (internally mixed), or a black-carbon core could be surrounded by a well mixed shell. But so far it has been assumed that aerosols exist predominantly as an external mixture. Here I simulate the evolution of the chemical composition of aerosols, finding that the mixing state and direct forcing of the black-carbon component approach those of an internal mixture, largely due to coagulation and growth of aerosol particles. This finding implies a higher positive forcing from black carbon than previously thought, suggesting that the warming effect from black carbon may nearly balance the net cooling effect of other anthropogenic aerosol constituents. The magnitude of the direct radiative forcing from black carbon itself exceeds that due to CH4, suggesting that black carbon may be the second most important component of global warming after CO2 in terms of direct forcing. more

Topics: Radiative forcing (66%), Aerosol (56%), Radiative transfer (54%) more

2,128 Citations

Journal ArticleDOI: 10.1126/SCIENCE.1075159
Surabi Menon1, Surabi Menon2, James Hansen2, Larissa Nazarenko2  +2 moreInstitutions (3)
27 Sep 2002-Science
Abstract: In recent decades, there has been a tendency toward increased summer floods in south China, increased drought in north China, and moderate cooling in China and India while most of the world has been warming. We used a global climate model to investigate possible aerosol contributions to these trends. We found precipitation and temperature changes in the model that were comparable to those observed if the aerosols included a large proportion of absorbing black carbon ("soot"), similar to observed amounts. Absorbing aerosols heat the air, alter regional atmospheric stability and vertical motions, and affect the large-scale circulation and hydrologic cycle with significant regional climate effects. more

Topics: Climate model (56%), Precipitation (51%), Aerosol (51%) more

1,760 Citations

Journal ArticleDOI: 10.1364/AO.23.000652
Frederick G. Fernald1Institutions (1)
01 Mar 1984-Applied Optics
Abstract: There have been many discussions of solutions to the lidar equation for elastic scattering (e.g., Fernald et al.,' Klett, 2 Davis, and Collis and Russell ). Most of these are simply variations on Hitschfeld and Bordan's5 solution for meteorological radars. Klett 2 recently restated this solution in a very convenient form for the analysis of lidar observations collected in very turbid atmospheres. His paper has prompted a restatement of the more general solution of Fernald et al.l which is also applicable to mildly turbid atmospheres where both aerosol and molecular scatterers must be considered in the analysis. This has led to a simple numerical scheme for the computer analysis of lidar measurements. The lidar equation for two distinct classes of scatters (Fernald et al.') is more

Topics: Atmospheric lidar (62%), Lidar (60%), Atmospheric sounding (55%)

1,412 Citations

Journal ArticleDOI: 10.1016/S0021-8502(03)00359-8
Ernest Weingartner1, Harald Saathoff1, Martin Schnaiter1, N. Streit1  +2 moreInstitutions (1)
Abstract: Duringa soot aerosol measurement campaig n the response of two di*erent aethalometers (AE10 with white light and AE30 with multiwavelength capability) to several types of soot was investigated. Diesel soot, spark-generated carbon particles, and mixtures of these soot particles with ammonium sulfate and oxidation products of � -pinene were used in this evaluation. The determination of the particles light absorption coe%cient (babs) with the AE10 aethalometer is a di%cult task because of an ill-de7ned spectral sensitivity of this instrument. Provided that the proper numerical corrections are performed, the AE30 instrument allows for the measurement of babs over a wide spectral range (� = 450–950 nm). Duringall experiments it was found that with increasing7lter load the optical path in the aethalometer 7lter decreased. As a result, an increased underestimation of the measured aethalometer signals (babs or black carbon mass concentrations) occurs with increasing7lter loads. This e*ect, which is attributed to a “shadowing ” of the particles in the 7ber matrix, is very pronounced for “pure” soot particles while almost negligible for aged atmospheric aerosols. An empirical correction for this bias is presented and requires information on the light scattering behavior (i.e. light scattering coe%cient) of the sampled particles. Without this additional information, the applicability of the instruments is limited. Comparison with a reference method shows that multiple scatteringin the nearly unloaded 7ber 7lter is responsible for enhanced light absorption by a factor of about 2.14. ? 2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. more

Topics: Aethalometer (57%), Soot (55%), Light scattering (52%) more

931 Citations

Journal ArticleDOI: 10.1080/027868299304435
Abstract: Data on light absorption by atmospheric particles are scarce relative to the need for global characterization. Most of the existing data come from methods that measure the change in light transmission through a filter on which particles are collected. We present a calibration of a recently developed filter-based instrument for continuous measurement of light absorption (model PSAP, Radiance Research, Seattle, WA) that has been incorporated in several measurement programs. This calibration uses a reference absorption determined as the difference between light extinction and light scattering by unaltered (suspended) particles. In addition, we perform the same calibration for two other common filter-based methods: an Integrating Plate and the Hybrid Integrating Plate System. For each method, we assess the responses to both particulate light scattering and particulate light absorption. We find that each of the instruments exhibits a significant response to nonabsorbing aerosols and overestimates absorption at... more

885 Citations