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Volume 15, issue 12
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 6689–6705, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-15-6689-2015
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Special issue: Oxidant Production over Antarctic Land and its Export...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 6689–6705, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-15-6689-2015
© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 17 Jun 2015

Research article | 17 Jun 2015

Formaldehyde (HCHO) in air, snow, and interstitial air at Concordia (East Antarctic Plateau) in summer

S. Preunkert et al.

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During two austral summers HCHO was investigated in air, snow, and interstitial air at the Concordia site located on the East Antarctic Plateau. Snow emission fluxes were estimated to be around 1 to 2 and 3 to 5 x 10^12 molecules m-2 s-1 at night and at noon, respectively. Shading experiments suggest that the photochemical HCHO production in the snowpack at Concordia remains negligible. The mean HCHO level of 130pptv observed at 1m above the surface is quite well reproduced by 1-D simulations.
During two austral summers HCHO was investigated in air, snow, and interstitial air at the...
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