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Large-scale enhancement in aerosol absorption in the lower free troposphere over continental India during spring

Nair, Vijayakumar S and Babu, Suresh S and Gogoi, Mukunda M and Moorthy, Krishna K (2016) Large-scale enhancement in aerosol absorption in the lower free troposphere over continental India during spring. In: GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS, 43 (21). pp. 11453-11461.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/2016GL070669

Abstract

Aerosol absorption in the lower troposphere over continental India was assessed using extensive measurements of the vertical distribution of absorption coefficients aboard an instrumented aircraft. Measurements were made from seven base stations during winter (November-December 2012) and spring (April-May 2013), supplemented by the data from the networks of surface observatories. A definite enhancement in aerosol absorption has been observed in the lower free troposphere over the Indo-Gangetic Plain (IGP) during spring, along with a reduction near the surface. The regional mean aerosol absorption optical depth (AAOD) over IGP, which was derived from aircraft observations (integrated from the ground to 3 km), increased from 0.020 +/- 0.009 in winter to 0.048 +/- 0.01 in spring. The columnar AAOD depicted weak and distinctly different seasonal variations than that of surface level black carbon mass concentrations. This contrasting difference in the seasonality indicates the presence of elevated layers of absorbing aerosols during spring in association with the long-range transport and vertical convective lofting of aerosols.

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Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Centre for Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences
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Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2017 04:22
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2017 04:22
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/55925

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