Seasonal significance of new particle formation impacts on cloud condensation nuclei at a mountaintop location
20 December 2022
New particle formation (NPF) is a source of atmospheric aerosol number concentration that can impact climate by growing to larger sizes and under proper conditions form cloud condensation nuclei (CCN). Using novel methods, the authors find that at Storm Peak Laboratory, a remote, mountaintop site in Colorado, NPF is observed to enhance CCN concentrations in the spring by a factor of 1.54 and in the winter by a factor of 1.36 which can occur on a regional scale having important climate implications.
The press release by the University of Utah can be found at: https://attheu.utah.edu/facultystaff/cloud-forming-particles/
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