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Oceanic alkyl nitrates as a natural source of tropospheric ozone

  • Author(s): Neu, Jessica L
  • Lawler, Michael J
  • Prather, Michael J
  • Saltzman, Eric S
  • et al.

Observations have revealed widespread emissions of alkyl nitrates from the tropical and Southern Oceans. We present the first chemical transport model simulations to examine the global impact of these emissions. Matching observed atmospheric abundances, we derive a total oceanic flux of methyl nitrate (MeONO2) and ethyl nitrate (EtONO2) equivalent to 0.35 Tg of N per year, which contributes as much as 1 DU to the tropospheric ozone column in the Western Pacific and is responsible for about 3% of the global oxidative capacity of the troposphere.

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