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H. Herbin, et al.
Distributions and seasonal variations of tropospheric ethene (C2H4) from Atmospheric Chemistry Experiment (ACE-FTS) solar occultation spectra
Geophysical Research Letters, 36(4), L04801, 2009; doi: 10.1029/2008GL036338
C2H4 Constituent sources sinks Pollution urban Troposphere composition remote sensing infrared VOCs
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Abstract


[1] This work reports the first measurements of ethene (C2H4) distributions in the upper troposphere. These are obtained by retrieving vertical profiles from 5 to 20 km from infrared solar occultation spectra recorded in 2005 and 2006 by the Atmospheric Chemistry Experiment-Fourier Transform Spectrometer (ACE-FTS). Background volume mixing ratios (vmrs) ranging from a few to about 50 pptv (10−12) are measured at the different altitudes, while for certain occultations, vmrs as high as 200 pptv are observed. Zonal distributions and vertically resolved latitudinal distributions are derived for the two year period analyzed, highlighting spatial –including a North-South gradient– as well as seasonal variations. We show the latter to be more pronounced at the highest latitudes, presumably as a result of less active photochemistry during winter. The observation of C2H4 enhancements in remote Arctic regions at high latitudes is consistent with the occurrence of fast transport processes of gaseous pollution from the continents leading to Arctic haze.

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@article{GRL:GRL25435,
  author = "H. Herbin and D. Hurtmans and L. Clarisse and S. Turquety and C. Clerbaux and C. P. Rinsland and C. Boone and P. F. Bernath and P.-F. Coheur",
  title = "Distributions and seasonal variations of tropospheric ethene (C2H4) from Atmospheric Chemistry Experiment (ACE-FTS) solar occultation spectra",
  year = 2009,
  journal = "Geophysical Research Letters",
  volume = 36,
  number = 4,
  pages = "L04801",
  month = "Feb",
  keywords = "C2H4, Constituent sources, sinks, Pollution urban, Troposphere composition, remote sensing, infrared, VOCs",
  doi = "10.1029/2008GL036338",
  url = "http://dx.doi.org/10.1029/2008GL036338"
}
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