Sea Salt Aerosol Production:
Mechanisms, Methods, Measurements, and Models

A Critical Review

Ernie R. Lewis and Stephen E. Schwartz


Sea salt aerosol (SSA) exerts strong influences on radiation transfer, cloud formation, meteorology, and chemistry in the marine atmosphere. Understanding these influences is essential to modeling climate and climate change in the present, during the past, and for the future.

With over 1800 references, extensive graphical presentation of data, and numerous practical formulae, Sea Salt Aerosol Production provides a comprehensive review of what is known, assumed, and yet to be learned about SSA and its relation to the atmosphere and climate. This book establishes a framework for current and future research on SSA and related phenomena.

Topics examined include:

  • Estimates and parameterizations of the size-dependent SSA production flux and its dependence on wind speed
  • Measurements and parameterizations of size distributions of SSA concentration
  • Equilibrium and transient dependence of SSA particle size on relative humidity
  • Oceanic whitecap fraction and its dependence on wind speed
  • Size distributions of ocean bubble concentrations
  • Size-dependent dry deposition of SSA particles to the sea surface

    Essential for scientists working in air-sea interactions, atmospheric aerosols, radiation transfer in the atmosphere, climatology, oceanography, geochemistry, atmospheric chemistry, meteorology, cloud physics, and remote sensing of the ocean and the atmosphere.


    Table of Contents

    Front Matter (pdf file )

    Errata as of 2016-10-25 (pdf file )



    Geophysical Monograph Series, Volume 152
    413 pages, hardbound, 2004.
    ISBN: 0-87590-417-3
    AGU Code GM11524173

    A limited number of printed bound copies are available from the authors.
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