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Secondary organic aerosol production from local emissions dominates the organic...

Nault, B., Campuzano Jost, D. A. Day, J. C. Schroder, B. E. Anderson, A. Beyersdorf, D. R. Blake, W. H. Brune, Y. Choi, C. A. Corr, J. A. de Gouw, J. Dibb, J. P. DiGangi, G. S. Diskin, A. Fried, L. G. Huey, M. Kim, C. J. Knote, K. Lamb, T. Lee, T. Park, S. E. Pusede, E. Scheuer, K. L. Thornhill, J. H. Woo, and J. Jimenez-Palacios (2018), Secondary organic aerosol production from local emissions dominates the organic aerosol budget over Seoul, South Korea, during KORUS-AQ, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 17769-17800, doi:10.5194/acp-18-17769-2018.

Organic aerosol (OA) is an important fraction of submicron aerosols. However, it is challenging to predict and attribute the specific organic compounds and sources that lead to observed OA loadings, largely due to contributions from secondary production. This is especially true for megacities surrounded by numerous regional sources that create an OA background. Here, we utilize in situ gas and aerosol observations collected on board the NASA DC-8 during the NASA–NIER KORUS-AQ (Korea–United States Air Quality) campaign to investigate the sources and hydrocarbon precursors that led to the secondary OA (SOA) production observed over Seoul. First, we investigate the contribution of transported OA to total loadings observed over Seoul by using observations over the Yellow Sea coupled to FLEXPART Lagrangian simulations. During KORUS-AQ, the average OA loading advected into Seoul was ∼ 1–3 µg sm−3 . Second, taking this background into account, the dilutioncorrected SOA concentration observed over Seoul was ∼

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