During December 2016, airborne aerosol measurements were taken at multiple heights across the Korean Peninsula to examine the vertical properties of aerosols. This study showed that aerosols above the planetary boundary layer (PBL) show similar concentrations and particle size distributions (PSDs), regardless of the relative locations in Korea. On the other hand, aerosols within the PBL differ depending on the geographical location, origin and path of the air mass. The concentrations are the highest in Seoul, followed by Gangneung, East Sea and the Yellow Sea. The known east–west aerosol gradient did not appear and the reasons are discussed in this paper. The study further shows that the aerosols of upwind regions affect the aerosols above the PBL, whereas aerosols in the PBL are affected by local sources and atmospheric conditions in addition to aerosols of upwind areas.
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Funding: This research was supported by the Kyungpook National University Research Fund, 2018.
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- Environmental Science (miscellaneous)