Articles | Volume 19, issue 19
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 12477–12494, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-19-12477-2019
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 12477–12494, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-19-12477-2019

Research article 08 Oct 2019

Research article | 08 Oct 2019

Multivariate statistical air mass classification for the high-alpine observatory at the Zugspitze Mountain, Germany

Armin Sigmund et al.

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Air masses at the Schneefernerhaus mountain site at Zugspitze Mountain, Germany, were classified with respect to the atmospheric layer from which they originated and their degree of pollution. Measurements of several gases, particulate matter, and standard meteorological quantities indicated that polluted air was lifted to the site in 31 % of cases and clean air descended to the site in approximately 14 % cases while most of the remaining cases were ambiguous.
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