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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Atmospheric Chemistry Group

Sulfate Size Distribution

CSP_SO4. Contour plot of the non-seasalt SO4= mass size distribution as a function of Day of Year. Highest nss SO4= concentrations corresponded to air masses sampled in the region of divergent easterlies where the aerosol boundary layer residence times were relatively long and there was minimal precipitation. Low concentrations were measured near Manus Island (DOY 80 to 93) where there was considerable convective activity and a higher rainfall rate. The regions of highest nss SO4= concentrations correspond to regions where a spectral scattering response was observed indicating the optical importance of accumulation mode nss SO4= (unpublished data).

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