New Particle Formation in Clean Savannah Environment
Southern African savanna background environment lacks previous, continuous long-term combined sub-micrometer aerosol number concentration and gas measurements. We have build a mobile measurement trailer, which contains measurements of aerosol number size distributions 10–840 nm, positive and negative ion size distributions 0.4–40 nm, aerosol mass PM10, PM2.5, PM1, inorganic compound in PM10 and PM2.5, gases like SO2, NO, NOx, CO, O3 and basic meteorology. In addition, we measure periodically VOCs. The trailer is wellprotected against thunder storms, electricity breaks and other typical problems. It is connected to internet via GPRS-modem. Preliminary results show that in a clean savanna environment, new particle formation takes place every sunny day, with relatively high nucleation rates and very high growth rates (up to 15 nm/h).
Keywords Particle formation and growth, aerosol measurement, atmospheric aerosol, air pollution
KeywordsParticle Formation Atmospheric Aerosol Aerosol Mass High Nucleation Rate Total Number Concentration
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