Articles | Volume 9, issue 6
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 9, 2097–2112, 2009

Special issue: Cloud, aerosol, ice and snow characterizations within the...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 9, 2097–2112, 2009

  23 Mar 2009

23 Mar 2009

Concentrations of higher dicarboxylic acids C5–C13 in fresh snow samples collected at the High Alpine Research Station Jungfraujoch during CLACE 5 and 6

R. Winterhalter1, M. Kippenberger1, J. Williams1, E. Fries2,*, K. Sieg2, and G. K. Moortgat1 R. Winterhalter et al.
  • 1Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Atmospheric Chemistry Division, J.-J. Becherweg 27, 55128 Mainz, Germany
  • 2Institute for Atmosphere and Environment, J.W. Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  • *now at: Institute for Environmental Systems Research, University of Osnabrück, Barbarastr. 12, 49069 Osnabrück, Germany

Abstract. Samples of freshly fallen snow were collected at the high alpine research station Jungfraujoch (Switzerland) in February and March 2006 and 2007, during the Cloud and Aerosol Characterization Experiments (CLACE) 5 and 6. In this study a new technique has been developed and demonstrated for the measurement of organic acids in fresh snow. The melted snow samples were subjected to solid phase extraction and resulting solutions analysed for organic acids by HPLC-MS-TOF using negative electrospray ionization. A series of linear dicarboxylic acids from C5 to C13 and phthalic acid, were identified and quantified. In several samples the biogenic acid pinonic acid was also observed. In fresh snow the median concentration of the most abundant acid, adipic acid, was 0.69 μg L−1 in 2006 and 0.70 μg L−1 in 2007. Glutaric acid was the second most abundant dicarboxylic acid found with median values of 0.46 μg L−1 in 2006 and 0.61 μg L−1 in 2007, while the aromatic acid phthalic acid showed a median concentration of 0.34 μg L−1 in 2006 and 0.45 μg L−1 in 2007. The concentrations in the samples from various snowfall events varied significantly, and were found to be dependent on the back trajectory of the air mass arriving at Jungfraujoch. Air masses of marine origin showed the lowest concentrations of acids whereas the highest concentrations were measured when the air mass was strongly influenced by boundary layer air.

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