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ACP | Articles | Volume 19, issue 19
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 12221–12234, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-19-12221-2019
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Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 12221–12234, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-19-12221-2019
© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 02 Oct 2019

Research article | 02 Oct 2019

Isotopic constraints on the atmospheric sources and formation of nitrogenous species in clouds influenced by biomass burning

Yunhua Chang et al.

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The present work underscores the value of cloud water dissolved inorganic nitrogen isotopes as carriers of quantitative information on regional NOx and NH3 emissions. It sheds light on the origin and production pathways of nitrogenous species in clouds and emphasizes the importance of biomass-burning-derived nitrogenous species as cloud condensation nuclei in China’s troposphere. Moreover, it highlights the rapid evolution of NOx emissions in China.
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