Nitrogen Oxide Reactions in the Urban Plume of Boston

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Science  26 Feb 1982:
Vol. 215, Issue 4536, pp. 1095-1097
DOI: 10.1126/science.215.4536.1095


The rate of removal or conversion of nitrogen oxides has been determined from airborne measurements in the urban plume of Boston. The average pseudo-first-order rate constant for removal was 0.18 per hour, with a range of 0.14 to 0.24 per hour under daylight conditions for four study days. The removal process is dominated by chemical conversion to nitric acid and organic nitrates. The removal rate suggests an atmospheric lifetime for nitrogen oxides of about 5 to 6 hours in urban air.