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Mexico city aerosol analysis during MILAGRO using high resolution aerosol mass...

Aiken, A. C., B. de Foy, C. Wiedinmyer, P. F. DeCarlo, I. Ulbrich, M. N. Wehrli, S. Szidat, A. S. H. Prevot, J. Noda, L. Wacker, R. Volkamer, E. Fortner, J. Wang, A. Laskin, V. Shutthanandan, J. Zheng, R. Zhang, G. Paredes-Miranda, P. Arnott, L. T. Molina, G. Sosa, X. Querol, and J. Jimenez-Palacios (2010), Mexico city aerosol analysis during MILAGRO using high resolution aerosol mass spectrometry at the urban supersite (T0) – Part 2: Analysis of the biomass burning contribution and the non-fossil carbon fraction, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 10, 5315-5341, doi:10.5194/acp-10-5315-2010.
Abstract: 

Submicron aerosol was analyzed during the MILAGRO field campaign in March 2006 at the T0 urban supersite in Mexico City with a High-Resolution Aerosol Mass Spectrometer (AMS) and complementary instrumentation. Positive Matrix Factorization (PMF) of high resolution AMS spectra identified a biomass burning organic aerosol (BBOA) component, which includes several large plumes that appear to be from forest fires within the region. Here, we show that the AMS BBOA concentration at T0 correlates with fire counts in the vicinity of Mexico City and that most of the BBOA variability is captured when the FLEXPART model is used for the dispersion of fire emissions as estimated from satellite fire counts. The resulting FLEXPART fire impact factor (FIF) correlates well with the observed BBOA, acetonitrile (CH3 CN), levoglucosan, and potassium, indicating that wildfires in the region surrounding Mexico City are the dominant source of BBOA at T0 during MILAGRO. The impact of distant BB sources such as the Yucatan is small during this period. All fire tracers are correlated, with BBOA and levoglucosan showing little background, acetonitrile having

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Tropospheric Composition Program (TCP)
Mission: 
MILAGRO