Call for Papers

Call for Papers for the Special Issue "Optical Properties of Atmospheric Aerosol ― Observation, Measurement Techniques and Model Analysis for Improving the Accuracy of Aerosol Light Absorption Determinations in Polluted Sites"

Manuscript submission deadline: July 30, 2019

The Editorial Office of Aerosol and Air Quality Research (AAQR) is issuing this call for papers for a special issue with the theme "Optical properties of atmospheric aerosol ― Observation, Measurement techniques and Model Analysis for Improving the Accuracy of Aerosol Light Absorption Determinations in Polluted Sitess". All high quality scientific papers relevant to this theme are welcome. All accepted papers will be collected in a single volume as a special issue.

The specific areas related the theme for manuscript submission
Atmospheric observations and model simulations of aerosol physical and optical properties, as well as radiative effects, under high and complex absorption regimes are extremely challenging. The availability of measurements with well-assessed and improved accuracy is also fundamental for model constraint and assessment. It is important to test and validate both ground-based and satellite measurement techniques as well as model simulations in “real” atmospheric conditions. This is particularly urgent for “hot-spot” regions, both in Europe and elsewhere in the world (Atmospheric Brown Clouds), where anthropogenic emissions and natural contributions strongly influence the absorbing aerosol components.

Specific experiments has been conducted the framework of international efforts with the aim to investigate aerosol optical properties with up-to-date techniques, some of these was carried out, within ACTRIS-2 project, including the Po Valley experiment.

The special issue is focused mainly on observation and prediction of black carbon. Whereas black carbon is a qualitative description when referring to light absorbing carbonaceous atmospheric aerosol, the experiments focused on quantification of measurable properties of black carbon and determination of the relationship between these properties. The most commonly measured properties are elemental carbon (EC) and another mass metric based on light absorption measurement is referred to as equivalent black carbon (EBC). EC and EBC are alternately used in assessments of human health risks when referring to combustion related and ambient aerosol. Accurate quantification is thus the key to development of effective air quality measures. By its light absorption property black carbon is also a short-lived climate forcer that contributes to atmospheric warming with significant effects at local and regional scales. Climate mitigation strategies, especially at urban scale, will benefit from a better understanding of aerosol light absorption and its link with aerosol composition/sources.

This special issue will focus on recent research on the characterization of atmospheric aerosol optical properties and radiative properties, including measurement techniques, observations under different atmospheric conditions, and modeling.  Through the papers collected in this special issue we expect to increase the knowledge of optical properties spatial variability, better understand the link between aerosol light absorption and aerosol sources and atmospheric processing, and to support the development and deployment of accurate instrumentation for optical properties measurements.

AAQR focuses on aerosol and air quality and is indexed in SCI with the impact factor of 2.589 in 2017 JCR. AAQR is an open access journal supported by the publication fee charged to the corresponding author of the accepted papers. The Guidelines for Authors for submitting a manuscript can be found on the website of AAQR (  The deadline for manuscript submission is July 30, 2019. Manuscripts submitted after the deadline are considered only when the space is available. The targeted publication date is May 2020.

If there are any questions, please feel free to contact us at

Guest editors:
Prof. Angela Marinoni, Institute of Atmospheric Science and Climate, Bologna, Italy (
Dr. Marco Zanatta, Alfred Wegener Institute, Bremerhaven, Germany (
Dr. Bas Henzing, TNO, Utrecht, The Netherlands (

Overseeing Editor-in-Chief:
Prof. Daniel A. Jaffe (
University of Washington-Bothell, USA


Return to Call for Papers