Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 6, 12671-12700, 2006
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Spatially resolved measurements of nitrogen dioxide in an urban environment using concurrent multi-axis differential optical absorption spectroscopy
R. J. Leigh1, G. K. Corlett1, U. Frieß1,*, and P. S. Monks1
1EOS Group, Departments of Chemistry and Physics, University of Leicester, Leicester, UK
*now at: University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany

Abstract. A novel system using the technique of concurrent multi-axis differential optical absorption spectroscopy system has been developed and applied to the measurement of nitrogen dioxide in an urban environment. Using five fixed telescopes, slant columns of nitrogen dioxide, ozone, water vapour, and the oxygen dimer, O4, are simultaneously retrieved in five vertically separated viewing directions. The application of this remote sensing technique in the urban environment is explored. Through, the application of several simplifying assumptions a tropospheric concentration of NO2 is derived and compared with an urban background in-situ chemiluminescence detector. The remote sensing and in-situ techniques show good agreement. Owing to the high time resolution of the measurements, the ability to image and quantify plumes within the urban environment is demonstrated. The CMAX-DOAS measurements provide a useful measure of overall NO2 concentrations on a city-wide scale.

Citation: Leigh, R. J., Corlett, G. K., Frieß, U., and Monks, P. S.: Spatially resolved measurements of nitrogen dioxide in an urban environment using concurrent multi-axis differential optical absorption spectroscopy, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 6, 12671-12700, doi:10.5194/acpd-6-12671-2006, 2006.
 
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