EGU General Assembly 2022
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Organic aerosols and dust as contributors to ice nucleating particles formation in the marine atmosphere

Maria Kanakidou1,2,3, Marios Chatziparaschos1,2, Nikos Daskalakis3, Stelios Myriokefalitakis4, and Nikos Kalivitis1
Maria Kanakidou et al.
  • 1Environmental Chemical Processes Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, University of Crete, GR-70013 Heraklion, Greece
  • 2Center for the Study of Air Quality and Climate Change (C-STACC), ICE-HT, FORTH, Patras, Greece
  • 3Institute of Environmental Physics, LAMOS, Excellence Chair, University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany
  • 4Institute for Environmental Research and Sustainable Development, National Observatory of Athens (NOA), GR-15236 Palea Penteli, Greece

Atmospheric Ice nuclei particles regulate in cloud properties such as, cloud lifetime, precipitation rates and cloud’s radiative properties due to their ability to trigger ice heterogenous formation. Particles ejected into the atmosphere during bubble bursting through the sea surface microlayer, which is enriched in organic matter, are considered as the major precursors of INPs over the ocean. In addition, mineral dust particles that are considered as the most important precursor of INP in the mixed-phase cloud regime globally and terrestrial bioaerosols that have been also shown to have INP activity are transported over the ocean and contribute to the INP in the marine environment.

In the present study we present results from the global 3-D chemistry transport model TM4-ECPL that accounts for INPs concentrations from marine organic aerosols, terrestrial bioaerosol and K-rich feldspar and quartz mineral dust particles. The simulated distribution of INP concentrations over the global ocean agrees with currently available ambient measurements. The relative contribution of the various INP precursors in the different compartments of the marine atmosphere is discussed on the basis of simulated 3-dimensional number concentrations of INP, providing insight to the cloud glaciation processes in the marine environment.

Support from PANACEA (MIS 5021516) funded by the Operational Programme "Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship and Innovation" (NSRF 2014-2020) and co-financed by Greece and the European Union (European Regional Development Fund), and the Excellence grant, the U Bremen Excellence Chair and the European Union Horizon 2020 project FORCeS under grant agreement No 821205.

How to cite: Kanakidou, M., Chatziparaschos, M., Daskalakis, N., Myriokefalitakis, S., and Kalivitis, N.: Organic aerosols and dust as contributors to ice nucleating particles formation in the marine atmosphere, EGU General Assembly 2022, Vienna, Austria, 23–27 May 2022, EGU22-7951,, 2022.