Articles | Volume 10, issue 12
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-10-5039-2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-10-5039-2017
Research article
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21 Dec 2017
Research article |  | 21 Dec 2017

On Aethalometer measurement uncertainties and an instrument correction factor for the Arctic

John Backman, Lauren Schmeisser, Aki Virkkula, John A. Ogren, Eija Asmi, Sandra Starkweather, Sangeeta Sharma, Konstantinos Eleftheriadis, Taneil Uttal, Anne Jefferson, Michael Bergin, Alexander Makshtas, Peter Tunved, and Markus Fiebig

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Light absorption by aerosol particles is of climatic importance. A widely used means to measure aerosol light absorption is a filter-based measurement technique. In remote areas, such as the Arctic, filter-based instruments operate close to their detection limit. The study presents how a lower detection limit can be achieved for one such instrument, the Aethalometer. Additionally, the Aethalometer is compared to similar instruments, thus improving measurement inter-comparability in the Arctic.