Volume 96 (2018) Issue 2 Pages 215-240
The aerosol optical characteristics in the East Asian cities of Fukuoka and Beijing were measured from 2010 to 2014. These long-term season-crossing data were compared to understand the differences between the aerosol characteristics at a source and a downstream region. Previously, few long-term, season-crossing observations have been reported. Using a method developed by one of the present authors, the measurement data were analyzed so that the retrieved optical properties can be more accurate than those obtained in previous studies. Using these data, the aerosol characteristics and their frequency distributions were reliably obtained. In Fukuoka, the annual means of the extinction, scattering, and absorption coefficients Cext (525 nm), Csca (525 nm), and Cabs (520 nm) were 74.6, 66.1, and 8.1 Mm−1, respectively, whereas those in Beijing were 412.1, 367.2, and 42.4 Mm−1, respectively. The coefficients in Fukuoka were approximately one-fifth of those in Beijing. The single-scattering albedos ω0 (525 nm) in Fukuoka and Beijing were 0.877 and 0.868, respectively. The asymmetry factors G (525 nm) in the two cities were 0.599 and 0.656, respectively. The extinction Ångström exponents αext in the two cities were 1.555 and 0.855, respectively. The absorption Ångström exponents αabs in the two cities were 1.106 and 0.977, respectively. The fine- and coarse-mode volume fractions in Fukuoka were approximately 80 % and 20 %, and those in Beijing were both approximately 50 %, except in summer.
Cext, Csca, and Cabs showed a seasonal variation in both cities. Some other properties also showed a seasonal variation. In particular, the seasonal variation in αabs was clear in both cities; it tended to be small in summer and large in winter. The frequency distributions of various parameters were also investigated. The frequency of Cext > 500 Mm−1 in Fukuoka was very low, and large Cext values were recorded more frequently in spring than in other seasons. In Beijing, Cext > 1000 Mm−1 values were recorded more frequently, and the frequency of 10 Mm−1 ≤ Cabs ≤ 60 Mm−1 was high in spring and summer. Furthermore, αabs < 1.0 values were recorded frequently, which cannot be explained by the simple external mixture of absorbing aerosols.
To demonstrate the usefulness of the data obtained in this study, the relationships among αabs, αext, the volume size distribution, the imaginary part of the refractive index, and ω0 were investigated, and two characteristic cases in Beijing (winter) and Fukuoka (spring) were preliminarily analyzed.