Spatial and temporal variability of iodine in aerosol

Type Article
Date 2021-05
Language English
Author(s) Gómez Martín Juan Carlos1, Saiz-Lopez Alfonso2, Cuevas Carlos A2, Fernandez Rafael P3, Gilfedder Benjamin4, Weller Rolf5, Baker Alex R6, Droste Elise6, 7, Lai Senchao8
Affiliation(s) 1 : Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía, CSIC, 18008, Granada, Spain
2 : Department of Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate, Institute of Physical Chemistry Rocasolano, CSIC, Serrano 119, 28006 Madrid, Spain
3 : Institute for Interdisciplinary Science, National Research Council (ICB-CONICET), FCEN-UNCuyo, Mendoza, 5501, Argentina
4 : Limnological Research Station, University of Bayreuth, Germany
5 : Alfred-Wegener-Institut Helmholtz Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung, Bremerhaven, Germany
6 : Centre for Ocean and Atmospheric Science, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
7 : Department of Environmental Sciences, Wageningen University and Research Centre, Wageningen, Netherlands
8 : South China University of Technology, School of Environment and Energy, Higher Education Mega Center, Guangzhou 510006, P.R. China
Source Journal Of Geophysical Research-atmospheres (2169-897X) (American Geophysical Union), 2021-05 , Vol. 126 , N. 9 , P. e2020JD034410 (23p.)
DOI 10.1029/2020JD034410
WOS© Times Cited 9
Keyword(s) aerosol composition, atmospheric iodine, iodine sources

In this work, we describe the compilation and homogenization of an extensive data set of aerosol iodine field observations in the period between 1963 and 2018 and we discuss its spatial and temporal dependences by comparison with CAM‐Chem model simulations. A close to linear relationship between soluble and total iodine in aerosol is found (∼80% aerosol iodine is soluble), which enables converting a large subset of measurements of soluble iodine into total iodine. The resulting data set shows a distinct latitudinal dependence, with an enhancement toward the Northern Hemisphere (NH) tropics and lower values toward the poles. This behavior, which has been predicted by atmospheric models to depend on the global distribution of the main oceanic iodine source (which in turn depends on the reaction of ozone with aqueous iodide on the sea water‐air interface, generating gas‐phase I2 and HOI), is confirmed here by field observations for the first time. Longitudinally, there is some indication of a wave‐one profile in the tropics, which peaks in the Atlantic and shows a minimum in the Pacific. New data from Antarctica show that the south polar seasonal variation of iodine in aerosol mirrors that observed previously in the Arctic, with two equinoctial maxima and the dominant maximum occurring in spring. While no clear seasonal variability is observed in NH middle latitudes, there is an indication of different seasonal cycles in the NH tropical Atlantic and Pacific. Long‐term trends cannot be unambiguously established as a result of inhomogeneous time and spatial coverage and analytical methods.

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Iodine is a key trace element in continental food chains whose major global source is oceanic surface gas emissions of iodine‐bearing molecules to the atmosphere. Atmospheric chemical processing of these substances is followed by incorporation of the iodine‐bearing products into airborne marine aerosol particles, which are the carriers of iodine to the continents. In this work, we compile a data set of aerosol composition measurements reporting iodine concentrations at many different locations, seasons, and years. Analysis of the variation of the concentration iodine in aerosol with latitude and longitude enables us to confirm the main mechanism emitting iodine from the oceans, which is triggered by deposition of ozone on the water‐air interface. In addition, we analyze the seasonal variation of the iodine concentration in aerosol in different locations, which also sheds light onto additional iodine sources to the atmosphere. Finally, long‐term trends cannot be unambiguously established, but the observations are compatible with the model‐predicted enhancement of aerosol iodine as a result of increased oceanic iodine emissions over the last 50 years related to ozone pollution.

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Gómez Martín Juan Carlos, Saiz-Lopez Alfonso, Cuevas Carlos A, Fernandez Rafael P, Gilfedder Benjamin, Weller Rolf, Baker Alex R, Droste Elise, Lai Senchao (2021). Spatial and temporal variability of iodine in aerosol. Journal Of Geophysical Research-atmospheres, 126(9), e2020JD034410 (23p.). Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :