Atmospheric Photooxidants

Stuart A. Penkett, Kathy S. Law, Tony Cox, Prasad Kasibhatla, Hajime Akimoto, Cyndi Atherton, Elliot Atlas, Carl Brenninkmeijer, John Burrows, Nicola Carslaw, Richard G. Derwent, Fred Eisele, Louisa Emmons, Fred Fehsenfeld, Jack Fishman, Claire Granier, Dwayne Heard, Øystein Hov, Daniel J. Jacob, Patrick JöckelM. Koike, Yutaka Kondo, Jos Lelieveld, Jonathan I. Levy, Alain Marenco, Paul S. Monks, Steve Montzka, Jenny Moody, Fiona O'Connor, David Parrish, Ken Pickering, John Plane, Alex Pszenny, Geert-Jan Roelofs, Hans Schlager, Paul Seakins, Hanwant B. Singh, Andreas Stohl, Anne Thompson

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Earth’s atmosphere is made up of 78% nitrogen and 21% oxygen. It is therefore highly oxidising but the oxygen only acts as the main source of the more reactive molecules and free radicals that provide the atmosphere’s real oxidising power. These are formed almost entirely by photochemistry and many involve coupling between ozone and water vapour, the influence of which on the overall oxidising power is often underestimated. The oxidants to be dealt with here therefore include ozone (O3), hydroxyl radicals (OH), peroxy radicals (both inorganic (HO2) and organic (RO2)), and peroxides (H2O2 and RO2H). Other oxidants include nitrate radicals (NO3) and halogen atoms; however, these play a subsidiary role and probably are unimportant over large parts of the atmosphere.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAtmospheric Chemistry in a Changing World
Subtitle of host publicationAn Integration and Synthesis of a Decade of Tropospheric Chemistry Research
EditorsGuy P. Brasseur, Ronald G. Prinn, Alexander A. P. Pszenny
Place of PublicationBerlin Heidelberg
Number of pages52
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-18984-5
ISBN (Print)978-3-540-43050-6, 978-3-642-62396-7
Publication statusPublished - 2003

Publication series

NameGlobal Change - The IGBP Series

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