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05 Dec 2016
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Microphysical characterization of long-range transported biomass burning particles from North America at three EARLINET stations
Pablo Ortiz-Amezcua1,2, Juan Luis Guerrero-Rascado1,2, María José Granados-Muñoz1,3, José Antonio Benavent-Oltra1,2, Christine Böckmann4, Stefanos Samaras4, Iwona S. Stachlewska5, Łucja Janicka5, Holger Baars6, Stephanie Bohlmann6, and Lucas Alados-Arboledas1,2 1Andalusian Institute for Earth System Research (IISTA-CEAMA), 18006, Spain
2Department of Applied Physics, University of Granada, 18071, Granada, Spain
3NASA/JPL/California Institute of Technology, Wrightwood, CA, USA
4Institute of Mathematics, Potsdam University, 14469 Potsdam, Germany
5Institute of Geophysics, Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw (IGFUW), 02-093 Warsaw, Poland
6Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research, 04318 Leipzig, Germany
Abstract. Strong events of long-range transported biomass burning aerosol were detected during July 2013 at three EARLINET stations, namely Granada (Spain), Leipzig (Germany) and Warsaw (Poland). Satellite observations from MODIS and CALIOP instruments, as well as modeling tools such as HYSPLIT and NAAPS have been used to estimate the sources and transport paths of those North American forest fire smoke particles. Multiwavelength Raman lidar technique was applied to obtain vertically-resolved particle optical properties, and further inversion of those properties with regularization algorithm allowed for retrieving microphysical information on the studied particles. The results highlight the presence of smoke layers of 1–2 km thickness, located at about 5 km asl altitude over Granada and Leipzig, and around 2.5 km asl at Warsaw. These layers were intense, as they accounted for more than 30 % of the total AOD in all cases, and presented optical and microphysical features typical for different aging degrees: color ratio of lidar ratios (LR532/LR355) around 2, α-related Angström exponents of less than 1, effective radii of 0.3 μm, and large values of single scattering albedos, nearly spectrally independent. The intensive microphysical properties were compared with columnar retrievals form co-located AERONET stations. The intensity of the layers was also characterized in terms of particle volume concentration, and then an experimental relationship between this magnitude and the particle extinction coefficient was established.

Citation: Ortiz-Amezcua, P., Guerrero-Rascado, J. L., Granados-Muñoz, M. J., Benavent-Oltra, J. A., Böckmann, C., Samaras, S., Stachlewska, I. S., Janicka, Ł., Baars, H., Bohlmann, S., and Alados-Arboledas, L.: Microphysical characterization of long-range transported biomass burning particles from North America at three EARLINET stations, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., doi:10.5194/acp-2016-946, in review, 2016.
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Strong events of biomass burning aerosol transported from North American forest fires were detected during July 2013 at three European stations from EARLINET network. Satellite observations and models were used to estimate the smoke sources and transport paths. Using lidar technique and regularization algorithms, the aerosol layers were optically and microphysically characterized, finding some common features among the events, concerning the similar aging process undergone by the particles.
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