Articles | Volume 8, issue 24
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 8, 7595–7601, 2008
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 8, 7595–7601, 2008

  17 Dec 2008

17 Dec 2008

High spatial resolution measurements of NO2 applying Topographic Target Light scattering-Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy (ToTaL-DOAS)

E. Frins1, U. Platt2, and T. Wagner3 E. Frins et al.
  • 1Instituto de Física, Facultad de Ingeniería, J. Herrera y Reissig 565, 11300 Montevideo, Uruguay
  • 2Institut für Umweltphysik, University of Heidelberg, Im Neuenheimer Feld 229, 69120 Heidelberg, Germany
  • 3Max-Planck-Institut für Chemie, Becherweg 27, 55128 Mainz, Germany

Abstract. Topographic Target Light scattering – Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy (ToTaL-DOAS), also called Target-DOAS, is a novel experimental procedure to retrieve trace gas concentrations present in the low atmosphere. Scattered sunlight (diffuse or specular) reflected from natural or artificial targets located at different distances are analyzed to retrieve the spatial distribution of the concentration of different trace gases like NO2, SO2 and others. We report high spatial resolution measurements of NO2 mixing ratios in the city of Montevideo (Uruguay) observing three buildings as targets with a Mini-DOAS instrument. Our instrument was 146 m, 196 m, and 280 m apart from three different buildings located along a main Avenue. We obtain temporal variation of NO2 mixing ratios between 30 ppb and 65 ppb from measurements of November 2007 and mixing ratios up to 50 ppb from measurements of August and September 2008. Our measurements demonstrate that ToTaL-DOAS observations can be made over relative short distances. In polluted air masses, the retrieved absorption signal was found to be sufficiently strong to allow measurements over distances in the range of several tens of meters.

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