Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

, Volume 32, Issue 6, pp 655–662 | Cite as

Size Distribution of Dry Matter of Particles in the Surface Atmospheric Layer in the Suburban Region of Tomsk within the Empirical Classification of Aerosol Weather Types

  • M. V. PanchenkoEmail author
  • V. V. Pol’kinEmail author
  • Vas. V. Pol’kinEmail author
  • V. S. KozlovEmail author
  • E. P. YaushevaEmail author
  • V. P. ShmargunovEmail author


Based on the integrated monitoring of aerosol characteristics in the suburban region of Tomsk (2000–2017), a version of the classification of states of the surface atmospheric layer with respect to “aerosol weather” types is suggested. The principle of separate study of the processes of variation in the “dry matter” of aerosol particles and their condensation activity is utilized as a basis of the measurement method used. The corresponding aerosol weather types were identified in the coordinates (σd; Р), where σd is the scattering coefficient of the dry matter of aerosol (λ = 0.51 μm); P is the ratio of the mass concentration of the absorbing substance to the mass concentration of submicron particles, which reflects the “blackening” degree of the particles. With respect to the value of the scattering coefficient σd = 100 Mm−1, the dataset is divided into two classes: “atmospheric hazes” (σd < 100 Mm−1) and “haze” (σd > 100 Mm−1). Then, the observation dataset is divided according to the value P = 0.05. In each calendar season, in accordance with the parameters specified, four types of aerosol weather are identified, which are conventionally designated as background (P < 0.05, σd < 100 Mm−1), haze-S (P > 0.05, σd < 100 Mm−1), smog (P > 0.05, σd > 100 Mm−1), and smoke haze (P < 0.05, σd > 100 Mm−1). It is shown that the main aerosol weather types are reliably different in the ratio of the contents of submicron and coarse particles in all seasons.


aerosol microstructure scattering coefficient halo soot submicron and coarse fractions “dry matter” of particles background haze smog smoke haze 



The multiyear studies were performed in the framework of the State Assignment (project no. АААА-А17-117021310142-5), and the first version of classification of states with respect to aerosol weather types in 2019 was developed under the support of the Russian Science Foundation (agreement no. 19-77-20 092).


The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.


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  1. 1.V.E. Zuev Institute of Atmospheric Optics, Siberian Branch, Russian Academy of SciencesTomskRussia

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