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Peroxyacetyl nitrate (PAN) distribution over the South Atlantic Ocean


The atmospheric concentration of peroxyacetyl nitrate (PAN) was measured over the South Atlantic Ocean in the range between 37° and 70°S in March 1999 in order to investigate its latitudinal distribution and its role in the NOy chemistry of the remote marine boundary layer (MBL) in the high latitudes of the southern hemisphere. The measurements were performed using an automatic gas chromatographic system aboard RV Polarstern. Mean mixing ratios of 62(±21) pptv were obtained between 37° and 49°S. South of 55°S, PAN concentrations were very low with values of the order of 10–30 pptv. Pronounced diurnal cycles could not be observed. The concentrations over the South Atlantic were considerably lower compared with the North Atlantic where the MBL is influenced by continental air masses.

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Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/A905290I
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 1999,1, 5517-5521

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    Peroxyacetyl nitrate (PAN) distribution over the South Atlantic Ocean

    H. Jacobi and O. Schrems, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 1999, 1, 5517
    DOI: 10.1039/A905290I

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