Impact of Wildfire Emissions on Chloride and Bromide Depletion in Marine Aerosol Particles

Rachel A. Braun, Hossein Dadashazar, Alexander B. Macdonald, Abdulamonam M. Aldhaif, Lindsay C. Maudlin, Ewan Crosbie, Mojtaba Azadi Aghdam, Ali Hossein Mardi, Armin Sorooshian

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Abstract

This work examines particulate chloride (Cl-) and bromide (Br-) depletion in marine aerosol particles influenced by wildfires at a coastal California site in the summers of 2013 and 2016. Chloride exhibited a dominant coarse mode due to sea salt influence, with substantially diminished concentrations during fire periods as compared to nonfire periods. Bromide exhibited a peak in the submicrometer range during fire and nonfire periods, with an additional supermicrometer peak in the latter periods. Chloride and Br- depletions were enhanced during fire periods as compared to nonfire periods. The highest observed %Cl- depletion occurred in the submicrometer range, with maximum values of 98.9% (0.32-0.56 μm) and 85.6% (0.56-1 μm) during fire and nonfire periods, respectively. The highest %Br- depletion occurred in the supermicrometer range during fire and nonfire periods with peak depletion between 1.8-3.2 μm (78.8% and 58.6%, respectively). When accounting for the neutralization of sulfate by ammonium, organic acid particles showed the greatest influence on Cl- depletion in the submicrometer range. These results have implications for aerosol hygroscopicity and radiative forcing in areas with wildfire influence owing to depletion effects on composition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9013-9021
Number of pages9
JournalEnvironmental Science and Technology
Volume51
Issue number16
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 15 2017

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  • Chemistry(all)
  • Environmental Chemistry

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    Braun, R. A., Dadashazar, H., Macdonald, A. B., Aldhaif, A. M., Maudlin, L. C., Crosbie, E., Aghdam, M. A., Hossein Mardi, A., & Sorooshian, A. (2017). Impact of Wildfire Emissions on Chloride and Bromide Depletion in Marine Aerosol Particles. Environmental Science and Technology, 51(16), 9013-9021. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.7b02039