Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 11, 985-1024, 2011
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Planetary boundary influence at the Jungfraujoch analyzed by aerosol cycles and synoptic weather types
M. Collaud Coen1, E. Weingartner2, M. Furger2, S. Nyeki3, A. S. H. Prévôt2, M. Steinbacher4, and U. Baltensperger2
1MeteoSwiss, Aerological Station, Les Invuardes, 1530 Payerne, Switzerland
2Laboratory of Atmospheric Chemistry, Paul Scherrer Institut, 5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland
3Physikalisch-Meteorologisches Observatorium Davos and Word Radiation Center (PMOD/WRC), 7260 Davos Dorf, Switzerland
4Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, 8600 Dübendorf, Switzerland

Abstract. Fourteen years of meteorological parameters, aerosol variables (absorption and scattering coefficients, aerosol number concentration) and trace gases (CO, NOx, SO2) measured at the Jungfraujoch (JFJ, 3580 m a.s.l.) have been analyzed as a function of different synoptic weather types. The Alpine Weather Statistics (AWS) classification was used to define the synoptic meteorology over the whole Swiss region. The seasonal contribution of each synoptic weather type to the aerosol concentration was deduced from the aerosol annual cycles while the planetary boundary layer (PBL) influence was estimated by means of the diurnal cycles. Since aerosols are scavenged by precipitation, the diurnal cycle of the CO concentration was also used to identify polluted air masses. SO2 and NOx concentrations were used as precursor tracers for new particle formation and growth. This study confirms the consensus view that the JFJ is mainly influenced by the free troposphere during winter and by injection of air parcels from the PBL during summer. A more detailed picture is, however, drawn where the JFJ is completely influenced by free tropospheric air masses in winter during advective weather types and largely influenced by the PBL also during the night in summer during the subsidence weather type. Between these two extreme situations, the PBL influence at the JFJ depends on both the time of year and the synoptic weather type. The fraction of PBL air transported to the JFJ was estimated by the relative increase of the specific humidity and CO.

Citation: Collaud Coen, M., Weingartner, E., Furger, M., Nyeki, S., Prévôt, A. S. H., Steinbacher, M., and Baltensperger, U.: Planetary boundary influence at the Jungfraujoch analyzed by aerosol cycles and synoptic weather types, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 11, 985-1024, doi:10.5194/acpd-11-985-2011, 2011.
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