Articles | Volume 3, issue 5
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 3, 1887–1902, 2003

Special issue: Mediterranean intensive oxidant study (MINOS 2001)

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 3, 1887–1902, 2003

  31 Oct 2003

31 Oct 2003

Transport and build-up of tropospheric trace gases during the MINOS campaign: comparision of GOME, in situ aircraft measurements and MATCH-MPIC-data

A. Ladstätter-Weißenmayer1, J. Heland2, R. Kormann3, R. von Kuhlmann3, M. G. Lawrence3, J. Meyer-Arnek1, A. Richter1, F. Wittrock1, H. Ziereis3, and J. P. Burrows1 A. Ladstätter-Weißenmayer et al.
  • 1Institute of Environmental Physics, University of Bremen, P.O. Box 330440, D-28334 Bremen, Germany
  • 2Institute of Atmospheric Physic, DLR, Oberpfaffenhofen, D-82234 Wessling, Germany
  • 3Max-Planck-Institute for Chemistry, P.O. Box 3060, D-55020 Mainz, Germany

Abstract. The MINOS (Mediterranean INtensive Oxidant Study) campaign was an international, multi-platform field campaign to measure long-range transport of air-pollution and aerosols from South East Asia and Europe towards the Mediterranean basin during August 2001. High pollution events were observed during this campaign. For the Mediterranean region enhanced tropospheric nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and formaldehyde (HCHO), which are precursors of tropospheric ozone (O3), were detected by the satellite based GOME (Global Ozone Monitoring Experiment) instrument and compared with airborne in situ measurements as well as with the output from the global 3D photochemistry-transport model MATCH-MPIC (Model of Atmospheric Transport and CHemistry - Max Planck Institute for Chemistry). The increase of pollution in that region leads to severe air quality degradation with regional and global implications.

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