Export of North American Ozone Pollution to the North Atlantic Ocean

Science  05 Mar 1993:
Vol. 259, Issue 5100, pp. 1436-1439
DOI: 10.1126/science.259.5100.1436


Measurement of the levels of ozone and carbon monoxide (a tracer of anthropogenic pollution) at three surface sites on the Atlantic coast of Canada allow the estimation of the amount of ozone photochemically produced from anthropogenic precursors over North America and transported to the lower troposphere over the temperate North Atlantic Ocean. This amount is greater than that injected from the stratosphere, the primary natural source of ozone. This conclusion supports the contention that ozone derived from anthropogenic pollution has a hemisphere-wide effect at northern temperate latitudes.