WashU affiliated authors: Jian Wang and Jiaoshi Zhang (Dept. of Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering)
Abstract: The tropical Western North Pacific (TWNP) is a receptor for pollution sources throughout Asia and is highly susceptible to climate change, making it imperative to understand long-range transport in this complex aerosol-meteorological environment. Measurements from the NASA Cloud, Aerosol, and Monsoon Processes Philippines Experiment (CAMP2Ex; 24 Aug to 5 Oct 2019) and back trajectories from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Hybrid Single Particle Lagrangian Integrated Trajectory Model (HYSPLIT) were used to examine transport into the TWNP from the Maritime Continent (MC), Peninsular Southeast Asia (PSEA), East Asia (EA), and West Pacific (WP). A mid-campaign monsoon shift on 20 Sep 2019 led to distinct transport patterns between the southwest monsoon (before 20 Sep) and monsoon transition (after 20 Sep). During the southwest monsoon, long-range transport was a function of southwesterly winds and cyclones over the South China Sea. Low (high) altitude air generally came from MC (PSEA), implying distinct aerosol processing related to convection and perhaps wind shear. The monsoon transition saw transport from EA and WP, driven by Pacific northeasterly winds, continental anticyclones, and cyclones over the East China Sea. Composition of transported air differed by emission source and accumulated precipitation along trajectories (APT) as an indicator of convection. MC air was characterized by biomass burning tracers while major components of EA air pointed to Asian outflow and secondary formation. Convective scavenging of PSEA air was evidenced by considerable vertical differences between aerosol species but not trace gases, as well as notably higher APT and smaller particles than other regions. Finally, we observed a possible wet scavenging mechanism acting on MC air aloft that was not strictly linked to precipitation. These results are important for understanding the transport and processing of air masses with further implications for modeling aerosol lifecycles and guiding international policymaking on public health and climate.
Citation: Hilario, M. R. A., Crosbie, E., Shook, M., Reid, J. S., Cambaliza, M. O. L., Simpas, J. B. B., Ziemba, L., DiGangi, J. P., Diskin, G. S., Nguyen, P., Turk, J., Winstead, E., Robinson, C. E., Wang, J., Zhang, J., Wang, Y., Yoon, S., Flynn, J., Alvarez, S. L., Behrangi, A., and Sorooshian, A.: Long-range transport patterns into the tropical northwest Pacific during the CAMP2Ex aircraft campaign: chemical composition, size distributions, and the impact of convection, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-2020-961, in review, 2020.