Intercontinental transport of nitrogen oxide pollution plumes. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics
We describe the first satellite observation of intercontinental transport of nitrogen oxides emitted by power plants, verified by simulations with a particle tracer model. The analysis of such episodes shows that anthropogenic NOx plumes may influence the atmospheric chemistry thousands of kilometers away from its origin, as well as the ocean they traverse due to nitrogen fertilization. This kind of monitoring became possible by applying an improved algorithm to extract the tropospheric fraction of NO2 from the spectral data coming from the GOME instrument.
WENIG, M. ; SPICHTINGER, N. ; STOHL, A. ; HELD, G. ; BEIRLE, S. ; WAGNER, T. ; PLATT, U. . Intercontinental transport of nitrogen oxide pollution plumes. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (Online), Alemanha, v. 3, p. 387-393, 2003