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Lightning-produced NoX During the Northern Australian Monsoon; Results from the Active Campaign : Volume 9, Issue 19 (05/10/2009)

By Labrador, L.

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Title: Lightning-produced NoX During the Northern Australian Monsoon; Results from the Active Campaign : Volume 9, Issue 19 (05/10/2009)  
Author: Labrador, L.
Volume: Vol. 9, Issue 19
Language: English
Subject: Science, Atmospheric, Chemistry
Collections: Periodicals: Journal and Magazine Collection (Contemporary), Copernicus GmbH
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Publisher: Copernicus Gmbh, Göttingen, Germany
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Heyes, W., Vaughan, G., Pätz, H., Waddicor, D., Labrador, L., Volz-Thomas, A., & Höller, H. (2009). Lightning-produced NoX During the Northern Australian Monsoon; Results from the Active Campaign : Volume 9, Issue 19 (05/10/2009). Retrieved from

Description: School of Earth Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, University of Manchester, UK. Measurements of nitrogen oxides onboard a high altitude aircraft were carried out for the first time during the Northern Australian monsoon in the framework of the Aerosol and Chemical Transport in Tropical Convection (ACTIVE) campaign, in the area around Darwin, Australia. During one flight on 22 January 2006, average NOx volume mixing ratios (vmr) of 984 and 723 parts per trillion (ppt) were recorded for both in and out of cloud conditions, respectively. The in-cloud measurements were made in the convective outflow region of a storm 56 km south-west of Darwin, whereas those out of cloud were made due south of Darwin and upwind from the storm sampled. This storm produced a total of only 8 lightning strokes, as detected by an in-situ lightning detection network, ruling out significant lightning-NOx production. 5-day backward trajectories suggest that the sampled airmasses had travelled over convectively-active land in Northern Australia during that period. The low stroke count of the sampled storm, along with the high out-of-cloud NOx concentration, suggest that, in the absence of other major NOx sources during the monsoon season, a combination of processes including regional transport patterns, convective vertical transport and entrainment may lead to accumulation of lightning-produced NOx, a situation that contrasts with the pre-monsoon period in Northern Australia, where the high NOx values occur mainly in or in the vicinity of storms. These high NOx concentrations may help start ozone photochemistry and OH radical production in an otherwise NOx-limited environment.

Lightning-produced NOx during the Northern Australian monsoon; results from the ACTIVE campaign

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