Articles | Volume 9, issue 9
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 4311–4325, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-9-4311-2016
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 4311–4325, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-9-4311-2016

Research article 06 Sep 2016

Research article | 06 Sep 2016

Lake spray aerosol generation: a method for producing representative particles from freshwater wave breaking

Nathaniel W. May et al.

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Aerosols are generated every time a wave breaks, as bubbles are formed that rise to the surface and burst. A great deal is known about sea spray aerosol from oceans, but very little is known about particles formed from freshwater, such as lakes and rivers. This study determines how "lake spray aerosol" is formed, which leads to distinctly different sizes and chemical composition from sea spray aerosol. These differences impact climate, weather, and human health near bodies of freshwater.