Effect of petrochemical industrial emissions of reactive alkenes and NOx on tropospheric ozone formation in Houston, Texas

T. B. Ryerson, M. Trainer, W. M. Angevine, C. A. Brock, R. W. Dissly, F. C. Fehsenfeld, G. J. Frost, P. D. Goldan, J. S. Holloway, G. Hübler, R. O. Jakoubek, W. C. Kuster, J. A. Neuman, D. K. Nicks, D. D. Parrish, J. M. Roberts, D. T. Sueper, Elliot L Atlas, S. G. Donnelly, F. FlockeA. Fried, W. T. Potter, S. Schauffler, V. Stroud, A. J. Weinheimer, B. P. Wert, C. Wiedinmyer, R. J. Alvarez, R. M. Banta, L. S. Darby, C. J. Senff

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Abstract

Petrochemical industrial facilities can emit large amounts of highly reactive hydrocarbons and NOx to the atmosphere; in the summertime, such colocated emissions are shown to consistently result in rapid and efficient ozone (O3) formation downwind. Airborne measurements show initial hydrocarbon reactivity in petrochemical source plumes in the Houston, TX, metropolitan area is primarily due to routine emissions of the alkenes propene and ethene. Reported emissions of these highly reactive compounds are substantially lower than emissions inferred from measurements in the plumes from these sources. Net O3 formation rates and yields per NOx molecule oxidized in these petrochemical industrial source plumes are substantially higher than rates and yields observed in urban or rural power plant plumes. These observations suggest that reductions in reactive alkene emissions from petrochemical industrial sources are required to effectively address the most extreme O3 exceedences in the Houston metropolitan area.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research C: Oceans
Volume108
Issue number8
StatePublished - Apr 27 2003
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Houston ozone formation
  • Petrochemical alkene emissions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Geophysics
  • Oceanography
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics

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Ryerson, T. B., Trainer, M., Angevine, W. M., Brock, C. A., Dissly, R. W., Fehsenfeld, F. C., ... Senff, C. J. (2003). Effect of petrochemical industrial emissions of reactive alkenes and NOx on tropospheric ozone formation in Houston, Texas. Journal of Geophysical Research C: Oceans, 108(8).

Effect of petrochemical industrial emissions of reactive alkenes and NOx on tropospheric ozone formation in Houston, Texas. / Ryerson, T. B.; Trainer, M.; Angevine, W. M.; Brock, C. A.; Dissly, R. W.; Fehsenfeld, F. C.; Frost, G. J.; Goldan, P. D.; Holloway, J. S.; Hübler, G.; Jakoubek, R. O.; Kuster, W. C.; Neuman, J. A.; Nicks, D. K.; Parrish, D. D.; Roberts, J. M.; Sueper, D. T.; Atlas, Elliot L; Donnelly, S. G.; Flocke, F.; Fried, A.; Potter, W. T.; Schauffler, S.; Stroud, V.; Weinheimer, A. J.; Wert, B. P.; Wiedinmyer, C.; Alvarez, R. J.; Banta, R. M.; Darby, L. S.; Senff, C. J.

In: Journal of Geophysical Research C: Oceans, Vol. 108, No. 8, 27.04.2003.

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Ryerson, TB, Trainer, M, Angevine, WM, Brock, CA, Dissly, RW, Fehsenfeld, FC, Frost, GJ, Goldan, PD, Holloway, JS, Hübler, G, Jakoubek, RO, Kuster, WC, Neuman, JA, Nicks, DK, Parrish, DD, Roberts, JM, Sueper, DT, Atlas, EL, Donnelly, SG, Flocke, F, Fried, A, Potter, WT, Schauffler, S, Stroud, V, Weinheimer, AJ, Wert, BP, Wiedinmyer, C, Alvarez, RJ, Banta, RM, Darby, LS & Senff, CJ 2003, 'Effect of petrochemical industrial emissions of reactive alkenes and NOx on tropospheric ozone formation in Houston, Texas', Journal of Geophysical Research C: Oceans, vol. 108, no. 8.
Ryerson, T. B. ; Trainer, M. ; Angevine, W. M. ; Brock, C. A. ; Dissly, R. W. ; Fehsenfeld, F. C. ; Frost, G. J. ; Goldan, P. D. ; Holloway, J. S. ; Hübler, G. ; Jakoubek, R. O. ; Kuster, W. C. ; Neuman, J. A. ; Nicks, D. K. ; Parrish, D. D. ; Roberts, J. M. ; Sueper, D. T. ; Atlas, Elliot L ; Donnelly, S. G. ; Flocke, F. ; Fried, A. ; Potter, W. T. ; Schauffler, S. ; Stroud, V. ; Weinheimer, A. J. ; Wert, B. P. ; Wiedinmyer, C. ; Alvarez, R. J. ; Banta, R. M. ; Darby, L. S. ; Senff, C. J. / Effect of petrochemical industrial emissions of reactive alkenes and NOx on tropospheric ozone formation in Houston, Texas. In: Journal of Geophysical Research C: Oceans. 2003 ; Vol. 108, No. 8.
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