Emissions and photochemistry of oxygenated VOCs in urban plumes in the Northeastern United States

R. Sommariva, J. A. de Gouw, M. Trainer, E. Atlas, P. D. Goldan, W. C. Kuster, C. Warneke, F. C. Fehsenfeld

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Photochemical processes inside urban plumes in the Northeast of the United States have been studied using a highly detailed chemical model, based upon the Master Chemical Mechanism (MCM). The model results have been compared to measurements of oxygenated VOCs (acetone, methyl ethyl ketone, acetaldehyde, acetic acid and methanol) obtained during several flights of the NOAA WP-3D aircraft, which sampled plumes from the New York City area during the ICARTT campaign in 2004. The agreement between the model and the measurements was within 40–60 % for all species, except acetic acid. The model results have been used to study the formation and photochemical evolution of acetone, methyl ethyl ketone and acetaldehyde. Under the conditions encountered during the ICARTT campaign, acetone is produced from the oxidation of propane (24–28 %) and i-propanol (
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7081-7096
Number of pages16
JournalAtmospheric Chemistry and Physics
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jul 2011

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