Articles | Volume 16, issue 6
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 4135–4146, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-4135-2016

Special issue: Global Mercury Observation System – Atmosphere...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 4135–4146, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-4135-2016

Research article 30 Mar 2016

Research article | 30 Mar 2016

Tropospheric mercury vertical profiles between 500 and 10 000 m in central Europe

Andreas Weigelt et al.

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We show the first mercury profile measurements over Europe since 1996. Besides gaseous elemental mercury (GEM) and total gaseous mercury (TGM), the gases CO, SO2, NOx, and O3 were measured from aboard a research aircraft over four European locations. Compared to the boundary layer, the concentration of GEM and TGM in the free troposphere was 10–30% lower. Inside the individual layers no vertical gradient was apparent. Combined with CARIBIC data, a unique profile from 0.4 to 10.5 km is provided.
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