Articles | Volume 19, issue 1
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 459–471, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-19-459-2019
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 459–471, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-19-459-2019

Research article 14 Jan 2019

Research article | 14 Jan 2019

Estimation of atmospheric total organic carbon (TOC) – paving the path towards carbon budget closure

Mingxi Yang and Zoë L. Fleming

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The atmosphere contains thousands of different organic compounds but the quantification of their total burden has been a technical challenge. This hinders our understanding in atmospheric chemistry, air pollution, and global carbon cycling. Here we present a novel and robust method to measure total atmospheric organic carbon. By comparing the total organic carbon concentration in marine air to the sum of speciated organic measurements, we aim to estimate the pool of undetected organic species.
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