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Clouds reveal new particle formation process

Date:
February 15, 2016
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CNRS (Délégation Paris Michel-Ange)
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In addition to precipitation, clouds influence the climate in various ways: they cover 70% of the Earth's surface and represent nearly 15% of the volume of the atmosphere. Scientists need to understand their underlying chemical and physical mechanisms in order to better integrate them into climate change models, say experts.
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In addition to precipitation, clouds influence the climate in various ways: they cover 70% of Earth's surface and represent nearly 15% of the volume of the atmosphere. Scientists need to understand their underlying chemical and physical mechanisms in order to better integrate them into climate change models.

An international team of researchers at the Laboratoire interuniversitaire des systèmes atmosphériques (CNRS/Université Paris-Est Créteil/Université Paris Diderot) and the Laboratoire chimie de l'environnement (CNRS/Aix-Marseille Université) thus demonstrated for the first time the role played by cloud droplets in the atmospheric transformation of volatile organic pollutants. Volatile organic compounds, in gaseous form, condensate in these droplets to form secondary organic aerosols, which are a mixture of gas and solid or liquid particles.

This work is published on 15 February 2016 in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics.


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Journal Reference:

  1. L. Brégonzio-Rozier, C. Giorio, F. Siekmann, E. Pangui, S. B. Morales, B. Temime-Roussel, A. Gratien, V. Michoud, M. Cazaunau, H. L. DeWitt, A. Tapparo, A. Monod, J.-F. Doussin. Secondary organic aerosol formation from isoprene photooxidation during cloud condensation–evaporation cycles. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 2016; 16 (3): 1747 DOI: 10.5194/acp-16-1747-2016

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