Remote Sensing of Glyoxal by Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy (DOAS): Advancements in Simulation Chamber and Field Experiments

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Abstract

Air pollution in many large cities is linked with the photochemical transformation of primary pollutants like VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and NOx, which in the presence of sunlight foster the formation of secondary pollutants including ozone (O3) and secondary organic aerosol (SOA) (Finlayson-Pitts and Pitts 2000; Molina and Molina 2002). ‘Photochemical smog’ has adverse effects on human health (Kunzli et al. 2000; Evans et al. 2002), the ecosystem (Middleton et al. 1950; Gregg et al. 2003) and regional climate (Lelieveld et al. 2001; Ramanathan and Crutzen 2003).