Articles | Volume 3, issue 5
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 3, 1871–1886, 2003

Special issue: Mediterranean intensive oxidant study (MINOS 2001)

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 3, 1871–1886, 2003

  31 Oct 2003

31 Oct 2003

Gaseous (DMS, MSA, SO2, H2SO4 and DMSO) and particulate (sulfate and methanesulfonate) sulfur species over the northeastern coast of Crete

H. Bardouki1, H. Berresheim2, M. Vrekoussis1, J. Sciare4,3, G. Kouvarakis1, K. Oikonomou4,1, J. Schneider3, and N. Mihalopoulos1 H. Bardouki et al.
  • 1Environmental Chemical Processes Laboratory (ECPL), Department of Chemistry, University of Crete, P.O Box 1470, 71409 Heraklion, Greece
  • 2Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD), Meteorological Observatory, Hohenpeissenberg, Germany
  • 3Max-Planck Institute for Chemistry, Biogeochemistry Division, Mainz, Germany
  • 4now at LSCE, Orme des Merisiers, Bat 709, CE Saclay, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex, France

Abstract. A detailed study of the levels, the temporal and diurnal variability of the main compounds involved in the biogenic sulfur cycle was carried out in Crete (Eastern Mediterranean) during the Mediterranean Intensive Oxidant Study (MINOS) field experiment in July-August 2001. Intensive measurements of gaseous dimethylsulfide (DMS), dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO), sulfur dioxide (SO2), sulfuric (H2SO4) and methanesulfonic acids (MSA) and particulate sulfate (SO42-) and methanesulfonate (MS-) have been performed during the campaign.

Dimethylsulfide (DMS) levels ranged from 2.9 to 136 pmol·mol-1 (mean value of 21.7 pmol·mol-1) and showed a clear diurnal variation with daytime maximum. During nighttime DMS levels fall close or below the detection limit of 2 pmol·mol-1. Concurrent measurements of OH and NO3 radicals during the campaign indicate that NO3 levels can explain most of the observed diurnal variation of DMS. Dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) ranged between 0.02 and 10.1 pmol·mol-1 (mean value of 1.7 pmol·mol-1) and presents a diurnal variation similar to that of DMS. SO2 levels ranged from 220 to 2970 pmol·mol-1 (mean value of 1030 pmol·mol-1), while nss-SO42- and MS- ranged from 330 to 7100 pmol·mol-1, (mean value of 1440 pmol·mol-1) and 1.1 to 37.5 pmol·mol-1 (mean value of 11.5 pmol·mol-1) respectively.

Of particular interest are the measurements of gaseous MSA and H2SO4. MSA ranged from below the detection limit (3x104) to 3.7x107 molecules cm-3, whereas H2SO4 ranged between 1x105 and 9.0x107 molecules cm-3. The measured H2SO4 maxima are among the highest reported in literature and can be attributed to high insolation, absence of precipitation and increased SO2 levels in the area. From the concurrent SO2, OH, and H2SO4 measurements a sticking coefficient of 0.52±0.28 was calculated for H2SO4. From the concurrent MSA, OH, and DMS measurements the yield of gaseous MSA from the OH-initiated oxidation of DMS was calculated to range between 0.1-0.4%. This low MSA yield implies that gaseous MSA levels can not account for the observed MS- levels. Heterogeneous reactions of DMSO on aerosols should be considered to explain the observed levels of MS-.

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