ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY

A suite in flux

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Science  30 Oct 2015:
Vol. 350, Issue 6260, pp. 525-526
DOI: 10.1126/science.350.6260.525-e

Understanding the chemistry of the atmospheric boundary layer is an exercise that requires knowledge of a tremendous number of chemical species, their interactions with one another, and how those interactions vary under different physical conditions. To date, most observational efforts have focused on measuring the concentrations of the most important gases, but such limited information makes it difficult to construct a model of the atmosphere that is at once quantitative, comprehensive, and self-consistent. Wolfe et al. improve on existing methodologies by developing an airborne system capable of quantifying not only concentrations but fluxes for a suite of reactive gases. Their approach will improve our knowledge of biogenic and anthropogenic emissions, photochemical mechanisms, and deposition.

Geophys. Res. Lett. 10.1002/2015GL065839 (2015).

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