Marine organic matter in the remote environment of the Cape Verde islands – an introduction and overview to the MarParCloud campaign

van Pinxteren, Manuela, Fomba, Khanneh Wadinga, Triesch, Nadja, Stolle, Christian, Wurl, Oliver, Bahlmann, Enno, Gong, Xianda, Voigtländer, Jens, Wex, Heike, Robinson, Tiera-Brandy, Barthel, Stefan, Zeppenfeld, Sebastian, Hoffmann, Erik Hans, Roveretto, Marie, Li, Chunlin, Grosselin, Benoit, Daële, Veronique, Senf, Fabian, van Pinxteren, Dominik, Manzi, Malena, Zabalegui, Nicolás, Frka, Sanja, Gašparović, Blaženka, Pereira, Ryan, Li, Tao, Wen, Liang, Li, Jiarong, Zhu, Chao, Chen, Hui, Chen, Jianmin, Fiedler, Björn, von Tümpling, Wolf, Read, Katie Alana, Punjabi, Shalini, Lewis, Alastair Charles, Hopkins, James Roland, Carpenter, Lucy Jane, Peeken, Ilka, Rixen, Tim, Schulz-Bull, Detlef, Monge, María Eugenia, Mellouki, Abdelwahid, George, Christian, Stratmann, Frank and Herrmann, Hartmut (2020) Marine organic matter in the remote environment of the Cape Verde islands – an introduction and overview to the MarParCloud campaign Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 20 (11). pp. 6921-6951. DOI 10.5194/acp-20-6921-2020.

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Abstract

The project MarParCloud (Marine biological production, organic aerosol Particles and marine Clouds: a process chain) aims to improve our understanding of the genesis, modification and impact of marine organic matter (OM) from its biological production, to its export to marine aerosol particles and, finally, to its ability to act as ice-nucleating particles (INPs) and cloud condensation nuclei (CCN). A field campaign at the Cape Verde Atmospheric Observatory (CVAO) in the tropics in September–October 2017 formed the core of this project that was jointly performed with the project MARSU (MARine atmospheric Science Unravelled). A suite of chemical, physical, biological and meteorological techniques was applied, and comprehensive measurements of bulk water, the sea surface microlayer (SML), cloud water and ambient aerosol particles collected at a ground-based and a mountain station took place.

Key variables comprised the chemical characterization of the atmospherically relevant OM components in the ocean and the atmosphere as well as measurements of INPs and CCN. Moreover, bacterial cell counts, mercury species and trace gases were analyzed. To interpret the results, the measurements were accompanied by various auxiliary parameters such as air mass back-trajectory analysis, vertical atmospheric profile analysis, cloud observations and pigment measurements in seawater. Additional modeling studies supported the experimental analysis.

During the campaign, the CVAO exhibited marine air masses with low and partly moderate dust influences. The marine boundary layer was well mixed as indicated by an almost uniform particle number size distribution within the boundary layer. Lipid biomarkers were present in the aerosol particles in typical concentrations of marine background conditions. Accumulation- and coarse-mode particles served as CCN and were efficiently transferred to the cloud water. The ascent of ocean-derived compounds, such as sea salt and sugar-like compounds, to the cloud level, as derived from chemical analysis and atmospheric transfer modeling results, denotes an influence of marine emissions on cloud formation. Organic nitrogen compounds (free amino acids) were enriched by several orders of magnitude in submicron aerosol particles and in cloud water compared to seawater. However, INP measurements also indicated a significant contribution of other non-marine sources to the local INP concentration, as (biologically active) INPs were mainly present in supermicron aerosol particles that are not suggested to undergo strong enrichment during ocean–atmosphere transfer. In addition, the number of CCN at the supersaturation of 0.30 % was about 2.5 times higher during dust periods compared to marine periods. Lipids, sugar-like compounds, UV-absorbing (UV: ultraviolet) humic-like substances and low-molecular-weight neutral components were important organic compounds in the seawater, and highly surface-active lipids were enriched within the SML. The selective enrichment of specific organic compounds in the SML needs to be studied in further detail and implemented in an OM source function for emission modeling to better understand transfer patterns, the mechanisms of marine OM transformation in the atmosphere and the role of additional sources.

In summary, when looking at particulate mass, we see oceanic compounds transferred to the atmospheric aerosol and to the cloud level, while from a perspective of particle number concentrations, sea spray aerosol (i.e., primary marine aerosol) contributions to both CCN and INPs are rather limited.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: Monaco Explorations; Cape Verde
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB2 Marine Biogeochemistry > FB2-CH Chemical Oceanography
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Refereed: Yes
DOI etc.: 10.5194/acp-20-6921-2020
ISSN: 1680-7324
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Projects: CVOO, OSCM, MARSU, MarParCloud
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2020 07:48
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2020 07:49
URI: http://eprints.uni-kiel.de/id/eprint/49849

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