Laboratory and field studies of ice-nucleating particles from open-lot livestock facilities in Texas Academic Article uri icon


  • Abstract. In this work, an abundance of ice-nucleating particles (INPs) from livestock facilities was studied through laboratory measurements from cloud-simulation chamber experiments and field investigation in the Texas Panhandle. Surface materials from two livestock facilities, one in the Texas Panhandle and another from McGregor, Texas, were selected as dust proxies for laboratory analyses. These two samples possessed different chemical and biological properties. A combination of aerosol interaction and dynamics in the atmosphere (AIDA) measurements and offline ice spectrometry was used to assess the immersion freezing mode ice nucleation ability and efficiency of these proxy samples at temperatures above 29C. A dynamic filter processing chamber was also used to complement the freezing efficiencies of submicron and supermicron particles collected from the AIDA chamber. For the field survey, periodic ambient particle sampling took place at four commercial livestock facilities from July2017 to July2019. INP concentrations of collected particles were measured using an offline freezing test system, and the data were acquired for temperatures between 5 and 25C. Our AIDA laboratory results showed that the freezing spectra of two livestock dust proxies exhibited higher freezing efficiency than previously studied soil dust samples at temperatures below 25C. Despite their differences in composition, the freezing efficiencies of both proxy livestock dust samples were comparable to each other. Our dynamic filter processing chamber results showed on average approximately 50% supermicron size dominance in the INPs of both dust proxies. Thus, our laboratory findings suggest the importance of particle size in immersion freezing for these samples and that the size might be a more important factor for immersion freezing of livestock dust than the composition. From a 3-year field survey, we measured a high concentration of ambient INPs of 1171.6691.6L1 (averagestandard error) at 25C for aerosol particles collected at the downwind edges of livestock facilities. An obvious seasonal variation in INP concentration, peaking in summer, was observed, with the maximum at the same temperature exceeding 10000L1 on 23July2018. The observed high INP concentrations suggest that a livestock facility is a substantial source of INPs. The INP concentration values from our field survey showed a strong correlation with measured particulate matter mass concentration, which supports the importance of size in ice nucleation of particles from livestock facilities.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Hiranuma, N., Auvermann, B. W., Belosi, F., Bush, J., Cory, K. M., Georgakopoulos, D. G., ... Moehler, O.

citation count

  • 2

complete list of authors

  • Hiranuma, Naruki||Auvermann, Brent W||Belosi, Franco||Bush, Jack||Cory, Kimberly M||Georgakopoulos, Dimitrios G||Hoehler, Kristina||Hou, Yidi||Lacher, Larissa||Saathoff, Harald||Santachiara, Gianni||Shen, Xiaoli||Steinke, Isabelle||Ullrich, Romy||Umo, Nsikanabasi S||Vepuri, Hemanth SK||Vogel, Franziska||Moehler, Ottmar

publication date

  • January 1, 2021 11:11 AM