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Ozone and C2—C5 hydrocarbon observations in the marine boundary layer between 45°S and 77°S

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V. Gros ,

Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement, CNRS-CEA, Orme des Merisiers, FR
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D. Martin,

Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement, CNRS-CEA, Orme des Merisiers, FR
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N. Poisson,

Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement, CNRS-CEA, Orme des Merisiers, FR
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M. Kanakidou,

ECPL , Department of Chemistry, University of Heraklion, GR
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B. Bonsang,

Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement, CNRS-CEA, Orme des Merisiers, FR
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F. Le Guern,

Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement, CNRS-CEA, Orme des Merisiers, FR
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E. Demont

Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement, CNRS-CEA, Orme des Merisiers, FR
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Abstract

During the austral summer of 1993, measurements of surface ozone (O3), nonmethane hydrocarbons (NMHC), lead-212 and radon-222 activity were performed on board the vessel ANTARCTICA between 43°S and 77°S. The latitudinal variations of light C2—C5 alkanes reflect the relatively short photochemical lifetime of these compounds and their intensive photochemical destruction during summer. Average mixing ratios of ethane, propane and acetylene were 291 ± 76 pptv, 61 ± 53 pptv and 48 ± 35 pptv, respectively, in good agreement with published measurements previously undertaken in the Antarctic region.

O3 mixing ratios ranged from 8.5 ppbv to 22.2 ppbv. The few relatively high values of ozone that have been observed during EREBUS94 campaign occurred simultaneously with high Rn-222 activities and possibly indicated continental influence through transport of air masses in the free troposphere. With the exception of these high O3events, the O3 and NMHC observations, in conjunction with air mass back trajectory analysis, radon-222 observations and a global 3-D model calculations, suggest that the troposphere/stratosphere exchanges play an important role on ozone budget at the high latitudes of the southern hemisphere.

How to Cite: Gros, V., Martin, D., Poisson, N., Kanakidou, M., Bonsang, B., Le Guern, F. and Demont, E., 1998. Ozone and C2—C5 hydrocarbon observations in the marine boundary layer between 45°S and 77°S. Tellus B: Chemical and Physical Meteorology, 50(5), pp.430–448. DOI: http://doi.org/10.3402/tellusb.v50i5.16222
  Published on 01 Jan 1998
 Accepted on 7 Aug 1998            Submitted on 12 Sep 1997

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