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NOx or VOC limitation in East German ozone Plumes?

: Klemm, O.; Stockwell, W.R.; Schlager, H.; Krautstrunk, M.


Journal of atmospheric chemistry 35 (2000), S.1-18
ISSN: 0167-7764
Fraunhofer IFU; 2002 in Helmholtz-Gesellschaft integriert
ozone; nitrogen oxide; VOC; ozone formation; air pollution; urban emission

The ozone forming potential of VOCs and NO sub x for plumes observed from several cities and a power plant in eastern Germany was investigated. A closed box model with a gas phase photochemical reaction mechanism was employed to simulate several scenarios based upon aircraft observations. In several of the scenarios, the initial concentrations of NO sub x VOCs, and SO2, were reduced to study the factors limiting the O3 production. Ozone production was limited by the initial VOC concentrations for all of the simulated plumes. Higher O3 concentrations were produced with reduced initial NO sub x. In one sample with high SO2 mixing ratios (> 100 ppb), SO2 was also identified as a significant contributor to the production of O3.