Articles | Volume 16, issue 6
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 3743–3760, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-3743-2016

Special issue: Marine trace gases and aerosols over tropical oceans (AMT/ACP...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 3743–3760, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-3743-2016

Research article 21 Mar 2016

Research article | 21 Mar 2016

Mercury oxidation from bromine chemistry in the free troposphere over the southeastern US

Sean Coburn et al.

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Here we present a day of case study measurements of the vertical distribution of bromine monoxide over the coastal region of the Gulf of Mexico. These measurements are used to assess the contribution of bromine radicals to the oxidation of elemental mercury in the troposphere. We find that the measured levels of bromine in the troposphere are sufficient to quickly oxidize mercury, which has significant implications for our understanding of atmospheric mercury processes.
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