EGU General Assembly 2023
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PBL-Aerosol-Interactions and Impact on Turbulent Entrainment 

Zhanqing Li and Tianning Su
Zhanqing Li and Tianning Su
  • Dept of Atmos. & Oceanic Sci., University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20740

Aerosol-boundary layer interactions play an important role in affecting atmospheric thermodynamics and air pollution. As a key factor in dictating the development of the boundary layer, the entrainment process in the context of aerosol-boundary layer interactions is still poorly understood. Using comprehensive field observations made at a superstation in Beijing, we gain insight into the response of the entrainment process to aerosols. We found that high aerosol loading can significantly suppress the entrainment rate, breaking the conventional linear relationship between sensible heat fluxes and entrainment fluxes. Related to aerosol vertical distributions, aerosol heating effects can alter vertical heat fluxes, leading to a strong interaction between aerosols and the entrainment process in the upper boundary layer. Such aerosol-entrainment coupling can inhibit boundary layer development and explains the great sensitivity of observed entrainment rates to aerosols than can traditional calculations. The notable impact of aerosols on the entrainment process raises holistic thinking about the dynamic framework of the boundary layer in a polluted atmosphere, which may have a significant bearing on the dispersion of air pollutants and the land-atmosphere coupling

How to cite: Li, Z. and Su, T.: PBL-Aerosol-Interactions and Impact on Turbulent Entrainment , EGU General Assembly 2023, Vienna, Austria, 24–28 Apr 2023, EGU23-1267,, 2023.