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Volatile Organic Compound Concentrations

Global map showing measurements by TOGA.

Measurements of atmospheric acetone concentration from samples collected by the Trace Organic Gas Analyzer (TOGA) during ATom-3 flights in 2017.

ATom: L2 Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) from the Trace Organic Gas Analyzer (TOGA)

This new dataset provides concentrations of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) measured by the Trace Organic Gas Analyzer (TOGA) during airborne campaigns conducted by the Atmospheric Tomography (ATom) mission. Specific data were obtained for radical precursors, tracers of anthropogenic and biogenic activities, tracers of urban and biomass combustion emissions, products of oxidative processing, precursors to aerosol formation, and compounds important for aerosol modification and transformation. TOGA measures a wide range of VOCs with high sensitivity (ppt or lower), frequency (2.0 min.), accuracy (often 15% or better), and precision (<3%).

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. See all ORNL DAAC data from ATom.

Data Citation: Apel, E.C., E.C. Asher, A.J. Hills, and R.S. Hornbrook. 2019. ATom: L2 Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) from the Trace Organic Gas Analyzer (TOGA). ORNL DAAC, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA. https://doi.org/10.3334/ORNLDAAC/1749
Data Center: ORNL DAAC
Sponsor: EOSDIS