Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 9, 21847-21889, 2009
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Physicochemical properties and origin of organic groups detected in boreal forest using an aerosol mass spectrometer
T. Raatikainen1, P. Vaattovaara2, P. Tiitta2, P. Miettinen2, J. Rautiainen3, M. Ehn4, M. Kulmala4, A. Laaksonen1,2, and D. R. Worsnop1,2,4,5
1Finnish Meteorological Institute, P.O. Box 503, 00101 Helsinki, Finland
2Department of Physics, University of Kuopio, P.O. Box 1627, 70211 Kuopio, Finland
3Department of Chemistry, P.O. Box 55, 00014 University of Helsinki, Finland
4Division of Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Physics, P.O. Box 64, 00014 University of Helsinki, Finland
5Aerodyne Research Inc., 45 Manning Road, Billerica, Massachusetts, USA

Abstract. An Aerodyne quadrupole aerosol mass spectrometer (Q-AMS) was deployed in Hyytiälä, a forested rural measurement site in southern Finland, during a 2-week measurement campaign in spring 2005. Q-AMS measures mass concentrations of non-refractory species including sulphate, nitrate, ammonium and organics from submicron particles. A positive matrix factorization method was used in identifying two oxygenated organic aerosol (OOA) groups from the measured total organic mass. The properties of these groups were estimated from their diurnal concentration cycles and correlations with additional data such as air mass history, particle number size distributions, hygroscopic and ethanol growth factors and particle volatility. It was found that the aged and highly oxidized background organic aerosol (OOA1) species have a wide range of hygroscopic growth factors and volatilization temperatures, but on the average OOA1 is the less volatile and hygroscopic organic group. It seems that hygroscopic properties and volatilities of the OOA1 species are correlated so that the less volatile species have higher hygroscopic growth factors. The other less oxidized organic aerosol group (OOA2) is more volatile and non-hygroscopic. Trajectory analysis showed that OOA1 and the inorganic species are mainly long-range transported anthropogenic pollutions. On the other hand, OOA2 species and its precursor gases have short atmospheric life times, so they are from local sources. Current results are in good agreement with previous studies, but additional data especially from other seasons is required to verify the generality of the conclusions.

Citation: Raatikainen, T., Vaattovaara, P., Tiitta, P., Miettinen, P., Rautiainen, J., Ehn, M., Kulmala, M., Laaksonen, A., and Worsnop, D. R.: Physicochemical properties and origin of organic groups detected in boreal forest using an aerosol mass spectrometer, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 9, 21847-21889, doi:10.5194/acpd-9-21847-2009, 2009.
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