Partitioning and budget of NOy species during the Mauna Loa Observatory Photochemistry Experiment

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The most abundant component of NOy was nitric acid, its median contribution to NOy in free tropospheric samples was 43%. The large fraction of HNO3 is consistent with the long transport times and photochemical processing of air masses reaching the mid-Pacific site as well as possible stratospheric input of NOy. The median contribution of NOx to NOy in the free troposphere near 3.4 km was ~14%. PAN and other measured organic nitrates contributed <7% to NOy. The median sum of the individually measured species was 102% of NOy in upslope periods which consist of a mixture of island-modified marine boundary layer and free tropospheric air. This total was 75% of NOy during downslope periods representative of the free troposphere. This shortfall in the odd-nitrogen budget in the free troposphere corresponds to 72 pptv of reactive nitrogen, which is over 2 times median NOx. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10,449-10,462
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research
Issue numberD10
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Forestry
  • Oceanography
  • Aquatic Science
  • Ecology
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Soil Science
  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Palaeontology


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