Volume 93 Issue 21 | p. 33 | Concentrates
Issue Date: May 25, 2015

Untangling Sea Spray Aerosol Chemistry

Atmospheric Chemistry: Phytoplankton and bacteria influence composition and properties of particles
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Environmental SCENE, Biological SCENE
Keywords: atmosphere, aerosol, sea spray, clouds, precipitation, climate

Sea spray aerosols created by breaking waves are lofted into the atmosphere and play a key role in weather and climate by helping to seed clouds and scatter solar radiation. But aerosols’ properties depend on the material they carry with them, such as organic matter from phytoplankton blooms. A study using natural seawater pumped into a laboratory wave channel at the University of California, San Diego, helps tease apart some of the key factors affecting . . .

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