Deposition of atmospheric nitrous acid on alkaline snow surfaces

Harry J. Beine, A. Amoroso, G. Esposito, R. Sparapani, A. Ianniello, T. Georgiadis, M. Nardino, P. Bonasoni, P. Cristofanelli, F. Dominé

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The photolysis of atmospheric nitrous acid (HONO) is a significant source of OH radicals in remote and Polar Regions. HONO is produced in/ on snow surfaces in a photochemical reaction from nitrate ions. In an attempt to quantify the production of HONO at a snow covered mid-latitude location we made measurements of HONO fluxes for a 10-day period at the Mt. Cimone (MTC) research station in the Italian northern Apennines (2165 m asl) during March 2004. Production fluxes under normal background conditions were small, and reached maximum values of 20 nmol m-2h-1on only two occasions. However, during a transport event of Saharan dust to MTC we observed deposition fluxes of up to -120 nmol m-2h-1of HONO on to the snow surface. The deposited Sahara dust had rendered the surface snow alkaline, so that large amounts of acids could be absorbed from the atmosphere. Copyright 2005 by the American Geophysical Union.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1 - 4
Number of pages4
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 28 May 2005
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geophysics
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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Beine, H. J., Amoroso, A., Esposito, G., Sparapani, R., Ianniello, A., Georgiadis, T., ... Dominé, F. (2005). Deposition of atmospheric nitrous acid on alkaline snow surfaces. Geophysical Research Letters, 32(10), 1 - 4.