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Black carbon aerosol reductions during COVID-19 confinement quantified by aircraft measurements over Europe

Krüger, Ovid Oktavian and Holanda, Bruna A. and Chowdhury, Sourangsu and Pozzer, Andrea and Walter, David and Pöhlker, Christopher and Andrés Hernández, Maria Dolores and Burrows, John Phillip and Voigt, Christiane and Lelieveld, Jos and Quaas, Johannes and Pöschl, Ulrich and Pöhlker, Mira L. (2022) Black carbon aerosol reductions during COVID-19 confinement quantified by aircraft measurements over Europe. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions. Copernicus Publications. doi: 10.5194/acp-2021-1100. ISSN 1680-7367.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/acp-2021-1100


The abrupt reduction in human activities during the first lockdown of the COVID-19 pandemic created unprecedented atmospheric conditions. To quantify the changes in lower tropospheric air pollution, we conducted the BLUESKY aircraft campaign and measured vertical profiles of black carbon (BC) aerosol particles over Western and Southern Europe in May and June 2020. We compared the results to similar measurements of the EMeRGe EU cam�paign performed in July 2017 and found that the BC mass concentrations (MBC) were reduced by about 47%. For BC particle number concentrations, we found comparable reductions.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/148543/
Document Type:Article
Title:Black carbon aerosol reductions during COVID-19 confinement quantified by aircraft measurements over Europe
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Krüger, Ovid OktavianMPI-CUNSPECIFIED
Holanda, Bruna A.MPI Chemie, MainzUNSPECIFIED
Chowdhury, SourangsuMPI-CUNSPECIFIED
Pozzer, AndreaMPIC, MainzUNSPECIFIED
Walter, DavidMax-Planck-Institut für Chemie MainzUNSPECIFIED
Pöhlker, ChristopherMax Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Andrés Hernández, Maria DoloresUni BremenUNSPECIFIED
Burrows, John PhillipUni BremenUNSPECIFIED
Voigt, ChristianeDLR, IPAhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-8925-7731
Lelieveld, JosMPI Chemie, MainzUNSPECIFIED
Quaas, JohannesUniv. LeipzigUNSPECIFIED
Pöschl, UlrichMPI Chemie, MainzUNSPECIFIED
Pöhlker, Mira L.MPI Chemie, MainzUNSPECIFIED
Journal or Publication Title:Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:No
DOI :10.5194/acp-2021-1100
Publisher:Copernicus Publications
Keywords:black carbon, COVID-19, emissions, aircraft measurements
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:Air Transportation and Impact
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L AI - Air Transportation and Impact
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Climate, Weather and Environment
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Atmospheric Physics > Cloud Physics
Deposited By: Voigt, Dr.rer.nat. Christiane
Deposited On:27 Jan 2022 14:32
Last Modified:27 Jan 2022 14:32

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