Articles | Volume 21, issue 2
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 875–914, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-875-2021
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 875–914, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-875-2021

Research article 21 Jan 2021

Research article | 21 Jan 2021

Pan-European rural monitoring network shows dominance of NH3 gas and NH4NO3 aerosol in inorganic atmospheric pollution load

Y. Sim Tang et al.

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The DELTA® approach provided speciated, monthly data on reactive gases (NH3, HNO3, SO2, HCl) and aerosols (NH4+, NO3, SO42−, Cl, Na+) across Europe (2006–2010). Differences in spatial and temporal concentrations and patterns between geographic regions and four ecosystem types were captured. NH3 and NH4NO3 were dominant components, highlighting their growing relative importance in ecosystem impacts (acidification, eutrophication) and human health effects (NH3 as a precursor to PM2.5) in Europe.
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