Tropospheric HONO distribution and chemistry in the southeastern US

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Ye , C , Zhou , X , Pu , D , Stutz , J , Festa , J , Spolaor , M , Tsai , C , Cantrell , C , Mauldin , R L , Weinheimer , A , Hornbrook , R S , Apel , E C , Guenther , A , Kaser , L , Yuan , B , Karl , T , Haggerty , J , Hall , S , Ullmann , K , Smith , J & Ortega , J 2018 , ' Tropospheric HONO distribution and chemistry in the southeastern US ' , Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics , vol. 18 , no. 12 , pp. 9107-9120 . https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-9107-2018

Title: Tropospheric HONO distribution and chemistry in the southeastern US
Author: Ye, Chunxiang; Zhou, Xianliang; Pu, Dennis; Stutz, Jochen; Festa, James; Spolaor, Max; Tsai, Catalina; Cantrell, Christopher; Mauldin, Roy L.; Weinheimer, Andrew; Hornbrook, Rebecca S.; Apel, Eric C.; Guenther, Alex; Kaser, Lisa; Yuan, Bin; Karl, Thomas; Haggerty, Julie; Hall, Samuel; Ullmann, Kirk; Smith, James; Ortega, John
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Physics
Date: 2018-06-29
Language: eng
Number of pages: 14
Belongs to series: Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics
ISSN: 1680-7316
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/237934
Abstract: Here we report the measurement results of nitrous acid (HONO) and a suite of relevant parameters on the NCAR C-130 research aircraft in the southeastern US during the NOMADSS 2013 summer field study. The daytime HONO concentration ranged from low parts per trillion by volume (pptv) in the free troposphere (FT) to mostly within 5-15 pptv in the background planetary boundary layer (PBL). There was no discernible vertical HONO gradient above the lower flight altitude of 300m in the PBL, and the transport of ground surface HONO was not found to be a significant contributor to the tropospheric HONO budget. The total in situ HONO source mean (+/- 1 SD) was calculated as 53 (+/- 21) pptv h(-1) during the day. The upper-limit contribution from NOx-related reactions was 10 (+/- 5) pptv h(-1), and the contribution from photolysis of particulate nitrate (pNO(3)) was 38 (+/- 23) pptv h(-1), based on the measured pNO(3) concentrations and the median pNO(3) photolysis rate constant of 2.0 x 10 4 s(-1) determined in the laboratory using ambient aerosol samples. The photolysis of HONO contributed to less than 10% of the primary OH source. However, a recycling NOx source via pNO(3) photolysis was equivalent to similar to 2.3 x 10(-6) molm(-2) h(-1) in the air column within the PBL, a considerable supplementary NOx source in the low-NOx background area. Up to several tens of parts per trillion by volume of HONO were observed in power plant and urban plumes during the day, mostly produced in situ from precursors including NOx and pNO(3). Finally, there was no observable accumulation of HONO in the nocturnal residual layer and the nocturnal FT in the background southeastern US, with an increase in the HONO / NOx ratio of
Subject: ATMOSPHERIC BOUNDARY-LAYER
ABSORPTION CROSS-SECTIONS
RING-DOWN SPECTROSCOPY
NITRIC-ACID PHOTOLYSIS
NITROUS-ACID
VERTICAL PROFILES
HETEROGENEOUS HYDROLYSIS
REACTIVE NITROGEN
ORGANIC-COMPOUNDS
URBAN ATMOSPHERE
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