Articles | Volume 21, issue 10
Research article
27 May 2021
Research article |  | 27 May 2021

The role of coarse aerosol particles as a sink of HNO3 in wintertime pollution events in the Salt Lake Valley

Amy Hrdina, Jennifer G. Murphy, Anna Gannet Hallar, John C. Lin, Alexander Moravek, Ryan Bares, Ross C. Petersen, Alessandro Franchin, Ann M. Middlebrook, Lexie Goldberger, Ben H. Lee, Munkh Baasandorj, and Steven S. Brown

Data sets

Utah Winter Fine Particulate Study 2017 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Short summary
Wintertime air pollution in the Salt Lake Valley is primarily composed of ammonium nitrate, which is formed when gas-phase ammonia and nitric acid react. The major point in this work is that the chemical composition of snow tells a very different story to what we measured in the atmosphere. With the dust–sea salt cations observed in PM2.5 and particle sizing data, we can estimate how much nitric acid may be lost to dust–sea salt that is not accounted for and how much more PM2.5 this could form.
Final-revised paper