Tara Pacific Expedition’s Atmospheric Measurements of Marine Aerosols across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans: Overview and Preliminary Results

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TARA PACIFIC

J. M. Flores, G. Bourdin, O. Altaratz, M. Trainic, N. Lang-Yona, E. Dzimban, S. Steinau, and F. Tettich, S. Planes,  D. Allemand, S. Agostini, B. Banaigs,E. Boissin, E. Boss, E. Douville, D. Forcioli, P. Furla, P. E. Galand, M. B. Sullivan, É. Gilson, F. Lombard, C. Moulin, S. Pesant, J. Poulain, S. Reynaud, S. Romac, S. Sunagawa, O. P. Thomas, R. Troublé, C. de Vargas, R. Vega Thurber, C. R. Voolstra, P. Wincker, D. Zoccola, C. Bowler, G. Gorsky, Y. Rudich, A. Vardi, I. Koren

A publication in the online journal American Meteorological Society, May 6, 2020

ABSTRACT

Marine aerosols play a significant role in the global radiative budget, in clouds’ processes, and in the chemistry of the marine atmosphere. There is a critical need to better understand their production mechanisms, composition, chemical properties, and the contribution of ocean-derived biogenic matter to their mass and number concentration. Here we present an overview of a new dataset of in situ measurements of marine aerosols conducted over the 2.5-yr Tara Pacific Expedition over 110,000 km across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Preliminary results are presented here to describe the new dataset that will be built using this novel set of measurements. It will characterize marine aerosols properties in detail and will open a new window to study the marine aerosol link to the water properties and environmental conditions.

Scientist Flora Vincent changing the filter on the aerosol monitoring system_photo credit Sarah Fretwell

Scientist Flora Vincent changing the filter on the aerosol monitoring system ©Sarah Fretwell / Tara Ocean Foundation