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Impact of Biomass Burning and Anthropogenic Emissions on the Chemical Composition of the summertime Arctic Troposphere - Aircraft Observations during POLARCAT-GRACE

Roiger, Anke and Schlager, Hans and Arnold, Frank and Lichtenstern, Michael and Stock, Paul and Scheibe, Monika and Schäfler, Andreas (2010) Impact of Biomass Burning and Anthropogenic Emissions on the Chemical Composition of the summertime Arctic Troposphere - Aircraft Observations during POLARCAT-GRACE. IPY Oslo Science conference, 08-12 Dec 2010, Oslo.

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Abstract

We report on chemical aircraft measurements in pollution plumes transported into the European sector of the Arctic from forest fires and urban sources in North America and Siberia. Our observations were part of the POLARCAT subproject GRACE (Greenland Aerosol and Chemistry Experiment (GRACE) performed in July 2008 using the DLR Falcon research aircraft. Data were sampled during 16 flights covering altitudes up to 12 km in order to study the pathways, dispersion and chemical processing of pollution during long-range transport into the Arctic. We found that the entire free troposphere above 4 km was strongly polluted and detected more than 30 distinct pollution plumes with enhanced CO and NOy mixing ratios of up to 300 and 1.5 nmol/mol (ppbv), respectively. According to FLEXPART analysis, the plumes were sampled after transport times of 5-10 days from Canadian fires and 10-15 days from Siberian fires. Interestingly, an anthropogenic pollution plume originating from East Asia was sampled in the lowermost stratosphere at an altitude of 11.3 km after being transported over the North pole. We will discuss differences in the chemical composition of the probed pollution plumes (e.g. in the ozone mixing ratios) dependent on the source region and transport history. Simulations with a photochemical model, CiTTyCAT, were used to study the chemical evolution in the pollution plumes during transport from the measurement area to Europe.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/67216/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Impact of Biomass Burning and Anthropogenic Emissions on the Chemical Composition of the summertime Arctic Troposphere - Aircraft Observations during POLARCAT-GRACE
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Roiger, Ankeanke.roiger (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Schlager, Hanshans.schlager (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Arnold, Frankfrank.arnold (at) mpi-hd.mpg.deUNSPECIFIED
Lichtenstern, Michaelmichael.lichtenstern (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Stock, Paulpaul.stock (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Scheibe, Monikamonika.scheibe (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Schäfler, Andreasandreas.schaefler (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:11 June 2010
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:Arctic, Long-Range Transport, Biomass Burning, troposphere
Event Title:IPY Oslo Science conference
Event Location:Oslo
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:08-12 Dec 2010
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:L VU - Air Traffic and Environment (old)
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L SF - Safe and Efficient Air Traffic Guidance
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Climate, Weather and Environment (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Atmospheric Physics > Atmospheric Trace Species
Deposited By: Roiger, Anke-Elisabeth
Deposited On:08 Dec 2010 16:31
Last Modified:08 Dec 2010 16:31

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