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Aerosol characteristics at a remote island: Minicoy in southern Arabian Sea

Vinoj, V and Satheesh, SK and Moorthy, Krishna K (2008) Aerosol characteristics at a remote island: Minicoy in southern Arabian Sea. In: Journal of Earth System Science, 117 (S1). pp. 389-397.

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Extensive measurements of aerosol optical and microphysical properties made at a remote island, Minicoy in southern Arabian Sea for the period (February 2006-March 2007) are used to characterize their temporal variability and Black Carbon (BC) mass mixing ratio. Large decrease in aerosol BC (from $\sim 800ng m^{-3}$ to $\sim100ng m^{-3})$ was observed associated with change in airmass characteristics and monsoon rains. The total aerosol mass varied between $\sim80$ and $20\mu gm^{-3}$. Though the total mass fell drastically, a slight increase in super micron mass was observed during the June–August period associated with high winds. The mass fraction of Black Carbon aerosols during the prevalence of continental airmass is found to be $\sim 1.2%$ of the composite aerosols, which is much lower than the values reported earlier for this region.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Journal of Earth System Science
Publisher: Indian Academy of Sciences
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Indian Academy of Sciences.
Keywords: Marine aerosols;sea-salt aerosols;remote island;black carbon.
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Centre for Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2008 11:47
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:50
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/16062

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