EGU General Assembly 2021
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Near crater observations of gas and aerosols variability at Mount Etna during the EPL-RADIO and EPL-REFLECT measurement campaigns.

Suzanne Crumeyrolle1, Marion Ranaivombola1, Tjarda Roberts2, Chiara Giorio3, Giusseppe Salerno4, Salvatore Giammanco4, Alessandro Laspina4, Alcide Disarra5, Letizia Spampinato4, and Pasquale sellitto6
Suzanne Crumeyrolle et al.
  • 1University of Lille, Laboratoire d'optique atmosphérique, Villeneuve d'ascq, France (
  • 2LPC2E-CNRS, Orléans, France
  • 3Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, Lensfield Road, Cambridge CB2 1EW, United Kingdom
  • 4Instituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, NGV-Osservatorio EtneoE, Sezione di Catania, Italy
  • 5ENEA, Rome, Italy
  • 6LISA-UPEC, Créteil, France

During the EPL (Etna Plume Lab) campaigns occurring in 2017 (EPL-RADIO) and 2019 (EPL-REFLECT),  gas  and aerosol measurements were performed  at Mount Etna (Sicily, Italy) to better assess the role of volcanic aerosols on both regional climate system and local health hazard. Gas related to volcanic emissions (such as SO2, H2S and others) were measured with low cost sensors (Alphasense) and HCl/SO2 ratio was validated in comparison to FTIR measurements. Aerosol physical and chemical properties were measured using low-cost Optical Particle Counters (OPCN2 from Alphasense) and filter measurements dedicated to organic acids, inorganic ions, soluble metals and total metals. During the EPL-REFLECT campaign, in-situ measurements were performed during: 1) the hike up, 2) a 2-hours period in the close vicinity of the Bocca Nuova crater, 3) the hike down and 4) in Milo (city on the flank of the Etna). Moreover, few OPCs were left unattended at the Bocca Nuova crater for two full days. 


Gas abundances at the crater-rim ranged from a few to 10’s ppmv SO2, with correlation to PM. The analysis of the 2 days measurements highlights a clear diurnal variation of aerosol size distributions. Indeed, at sunrise the total number and mass concentration is rapidly increasing from 15mg/m3 to 125mg/m3 in less than 2 hours. The variation of PM1/PM10 ratio shows a constant trend throughout the day except during a short period of time associated with high wind speeds. These results suggest that most aerosols are emitted through degassing and conversion of precursor gases to particles.

Moreover, analysis of aerosol samples collected on filters showed a change in metal solubility from the samples collected at the crater and the samples collected after atmospheric transport in Milo. This may indicate that the volcanic plume underwent processing in the aqueous phase during transport.

How to cite: Crumeyrolle, S., Ranaivombola, M., Roberts, T., Giorio, C., Salerno, G., Giammanco, S., Laspina, A., Disarra, A., Spampinato, L., and sellitto, P.: Near crater observations of gas and aerosols variability at Mount Etna during the EPL-RADIO and EPL-REFLECT measurement campaigns., EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-5684,, 2021.

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