An Analysis of In-Cloud Scavenging

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  • 1 Dept. of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 48104
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Abstract

The fate of airborne contaminants that enter a cloud with an overriding rain, independently generated, is considered by means of three differential equations which express the overall mass conservation of contaminant. The model incorporates the physical processes of diffusive attachment, impact collection avid accretion, and includes consideration of particle and cloud droplet size spectra. The rainout ratio and rainout efficiency are evaluated on the basis of the theoretical results, and the general expressions for different cloud conditions are proposed.

Abstract

The fate of airborne contaminants that enter a cloud with an overriding rain, independently generated, is considered by means of three differential equations which express the overall mass conservation of contaminant. The model incorporates the physical processes of diffusive attachment, impact collection avid accretion, and includes consideration of particle and cloud droplet size spectra. The rainout ratio and rainout efficiency are evaluated on the basis of the theoretical results, and the general expressions for different cloud conditions are proposed.

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