Observations of total peroxy nitrates and aldehydes: Measurement interpretation and inference of OH radical concentrations

P. A. Cleary, P. J. Wooldridge, D. B. Millet, M. McKay, A. H. Goldstein, R. C. Cohen

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Abstract

We describe measurements of total peroxy nitrates (EPNs), NO2, O3 and several aldehydes at Granite Bay, California, during the Chemistry and Transport of the Sacramento Urban Plume-2001 (CATSUP 2001) campaign, from 19 July-16 September 2001. We observed a strong photochemically driven variation of EPNs during the day with the median of 1.2 ppb at noon. Acetaldehyde, pentanal, hexanal and methacrolein had median abundances in the daytime of 1.2ppb, 0.093 ppb, 0.14ppb, and 0.27 ppb, respectively. We compare steady state and time dependent calculations of the dependence of SPNs on aldehydes, OH, NO and NO2 showing that the steady state calculations are accurate to ±30% between 10:00 and 18:00 h. We use the steady state calculation to investigate the composition of SPNs and the concentration of OH at Granite Bay. We find that PN molecules that have never been observed before make up an unreasonably large fraction of the σPNs unless we assume that there exists a PAN source that is much larger than the acetaldehyde source. We calculate that OH at the site varied between 2 and 7 × 106 molecule cm-3 at noon during the 8 weeks of the experiment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1947-1960
Number of pages14
JournalAtmospheric Chemistry and Physics
Volume7
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes

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