Articles | Volume 16, issue 22
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 14475–14493, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-14475-2016
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 14475–14493, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-14475-2016

Research article 22 Nov 2016

Research article | 22 Nov 2016

Daytime formation of nitrous acid at a coastal remote site in Cyprus indicating a common ground source of atmospheric HONO and NO

Hannah Meusel et al.

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There are many studies which show discrepancies between modeled and measured nitrous acid (HONO, precursor of OH radical) in the troposphere but with no satisfactory explanation. Ideal conditions to study the unknown sources of HONO were found on Cyprus, a remote Mediterranean island. Budget analysis of trace gas measurements indicates a common source of NO and HONO, which is not related to anthropogenic activity and is most likely derived from biologic activity in soils and subsequent emission.
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