Chao Liu1,2, Leiku Yang1, Huizheng Che 2, Xiangao Xia3,4, Hujia Zhao2,5, Hong Wang2, Ke Gui2, Yu Zheng2,6, Tianze Sun2, Xiaopan Li2, Zhizhong Sheng2, Han Wang1, Xiaofeng Lu1, Xiaoye Zhang2

School of Surveying and Land Information Engineering, Henan Polytechnic University, Henan 454000, China
State Key Laboratory of Severe Weather (LASW), Key Laboratory of Atmospheric Chemistry (LAC), Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences, Beijing 100081, China
Laboratory for Middle Atmosphere and Global Environment Observation (LAGEO), Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100029, China
School of Geoscience University of Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing 100049, China
Institute of Atmospheric Environment, China Meteorological Administration, Shenyang 110016, China
Collaborative Innovation Center on Forecast and Evaluation of Meteorological Disasters, Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, Nanjing 210044, China

Received: June 14, 2018
Revised: December 2, 2018
Accepted: January 4, 2019
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Liu, C., Yang, L., Che, H., Xia, X., Zhao, H., Wang, H., Gui, K., Zheng, Y., Sun, T., Li, X., Sheng, Z., Wang, H., Lu, X. and Zhang, X. (2019). Aerosol Optical Properties over an Urban Site in Central China Determined Using Ground-Based Sun Photometer Measurements. Aerosol Air Qual. Res. 19: 620-638.


  • We show climatological variation of aerosol optical properties over Jiaozuo firstly.
  • Aerosol classification indicates absorbing aerosol is the dominant type in Jiaozuo.
  • This site is impacted by long-range transportation of anthropogenic and dust aerosols.


Sun photometer measurements taken in urban Jiaozuo in central China from July 2016 to February 2018 were used to investigate the aerosol optical and microphysical properties, including the climatological variation in properties, the types of aerosols and the properties during haze and dust events. The mean annual aerosol optical depth at 440 nm (AOD440 nm) and the Ångström exponent (AE440-870 nm) were 0.84 ± 0.55 and 1.12 ± 0.17, respectively. The highest AOD occurred in summer, which may be associated with the hygroscopic growth of aerosols during enhanced relative humidity. Accordingly, a high volume of fine-mode particles was observed during this season. In addition, carbonaceous aerosols from biomass burning increased the volume of fine particles in June and September, but coarse-mode particles (mainly dust) dominated during spring, especially in May, with a maximum volume of 0.16 µm3 µm–2. At 440 nm, the mean seasonal single scattering albedo (SSA440 nm) was lower in spring (0.87 ± 0.05) and higher in summer (0.95 ± 0.04), whereas the absorption aerosol optical depth (AAOD440 nm) displayed the opposite pattern, being higher in spring (0.079 ± 0.019) and lower in summer (0.045 ± 0.021). The increased absorptivity in spring and the strong scattering ability in summer of aerosols in this area may be related to particles originating from different sources. Using the method of classification based on the fine-mode fraction (FMF), SSA and AE, absorbing aerosols, both fine and mixed, were identified as the predominant type of particulate matter. The site was influenced not only by anthropogenic aerosols from local emissions and the surrounding regions but also by dust from northwestern China. The mean AOD and AE were 1.66 and 1.38 on hazy days, while a slightly low AOD of 0.95 and an extremely low AE of 0.18 were exhibited on dusty days. This study provides a comprehensive understanding of aerosol properties in this area, and the results will help to optimize the satellite aerosol inversion algorithm and promote regional climate change research.

Keywords: Aerosol optical properties; Aerosol classification; Sun photometer measurements; Jiaozuo.


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