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Reactive Gas and Whole Air Samples from ATom

Map of methyl bromide data collection.

Dry-air mole fraction of methyl bromide measured in Programmable Flask Package samples taken during Atom-2 flights in January-February 2017.

Two new instrument datasets now available from the Atmospheric Tomography Mission (ATom).

ATom: L2 Measurements from the NOAA ToF Chemical Ionization Mass Spectrometer (CIMS)

This dataset provides the mixing ratios of reactive nitrogen and halogen species measured by the NOAA Iodide Ion Time-of-Flight Chemical Ionization Mass Spectrometer (NOAA CIMS). The NOAA CIMS uses chemical ionization mass spectrometric detection of gas phase organic and inorganic analytes via I- adduct formation. Measurements for ATom include N2O5 (dinitrogen pentoxide), ClNO2 (chloro nitrite), Cl2 (Chlorine), HCOOH (formic acid), C2H4O3S (hydroperoxymethyl thioformate), BrCl (bromine monochloride), BrCN (cyanogen bromide), and BrO (bromine monoxide). This comprehensive dataset will be used to improve the representation of chemically reactive gases and short-lived climate forcers in global models of atmospheric chemistry and climate.

Data Citation: Veres, P.R., J.A. Neuman, and T.B. Ryerson. 2019. ATom: L2 Measurements from the NOAA ToF Chemical Ionization Mass Spectrometer (CIMS). ORNL DAAC, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA. https://doi.org/10.3334/ORNLDAAC/1745

ATom: L2 Measurements from the Programmable Flask Package (PFP) Whole Air Sampler

This dataset provides mole fractions of atmospheric trace gases measured by the Programmable Flask Package (PFP) Whole Air Sampler during airborne campaigns conducted by NASA's Atmospheric Tomography (ATom) mission. The PFP whole air sampler provides a means of automated or manual filling of glass flasks. The sampler is designed to remove excess water vapor from the sampled air and compress it without contamination into ~1-liter volumes. Analysis of standardized PFP samples can measure more than 60 trace gases including N2O, SF6, H2, CS2, OCS, CO2, CH4, CO, CFCs, HCFCs, HFCs, Solvents, Methyl Halides, Hydrocarbons, and Perfluorocarbons.

Data Citation: Montzka, S.A., F.L. Moore, and C. Sweeney. 2019. ATom: L2 Measurements from the Programmable Flask Package (PFP) Whole Air Sampler. ORNL DAAC, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA. https://doi.org/10.3334/ORNLDAAC/1746

ATom is a NASA Earth Venture Suborbital-2 mission to study the impact of human-produced air pollution on greenhouse gases and on chemically reactive gases in the atmosphere. ATom deployed an extensive gas and aerosol payload on the NASA DC-8 aircraft for systematic, global-scale sampling of the atmosphere, profiling continuously from 0.2 to 12 km altitude. Around-the-world flights were conducted in each of four seasons between 2016 and 2018. See all ORNL DAAC data from ATom.

Data Center: ORNL DAAC
Sponsor: EOSDIS