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30 years of physical and chemical marine aerosol data are reviewed to derive global- size distribution parameters and inorganic composition on a 15 degree by15degree grid. Significant meridional differences are found in the contribution of different sources to the aerosol. Anthropogenic sulphur appears to contaminate the global marine surface atmosphere. As an example of the potential value in comparing the marine aerosol database to chemical transport models, global seasonal meridional MSA distributions were compared to modelled MSA distributions.

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Authors: HEINTZENBERG J, Institute for Tropospheric Research, Leipzig (DE);COVERT D.C, University of Washington , Seattle (US);VAN DINGENEN R, JRC-Environment Institute, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: An article published in: Tellus. Vol.52B (2000) pp.1104-1122
Availability: An article published in: Tellus. Vol.52B (2000) pp.1104-1122
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