Quantitative evaluation of the post-Mount Pinatubo NO2 reduction and recovery, based on 10 years of Fourier transform infrared and UV-visible spectroscopic measurements at Jungfraujoch
De Mazière, M.
Van Roozendael, M.
Earth and related Environmental sciences
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The colocation of two technically different instruments for ground-based remote sensing of NO2 total column amounts at the primary Network for the Detection of Stratospheric Change Alpine station of the Jungfraujoch (46.5°N, 8.0°E) has been exploited for mutual validation of the long-term NO2 time series from both instruments and for a quantitative evaluation of the impact of the Mount Pinatubo eruption on the NO2 abundance above this northern midlatitude observatory. The two techniques are high-resolution Fourier transform infrared solar absorption spectrometry and zenith-sky differential optical absorption spectroscopy in the UV visible. The diurnal variation of NO2 has been simulated by a simple photochemical model that allows a comparison between the data from the two techniques. This model is shown to reproduce the observed morning to evening ratios to 2.3%, on average, which is fully adequate for the needs of this study. From the 1985-1996 combined time series of NO2 morning and evening abundances, it has been concluded that the enhanced aerosol load injected into the stratosphere by Mount Pinatubo caused a maximum NO2 reduction above the Jungfraujoch by 45% in early January 1992 that died out quasi-exponentially to zero by the beginning of 1995.
CitationDe Mazière, M.; Van Roozendael, M.; Hermans, C.; Simon, P.G.; Demoulin, P.; Roland, G.; Zander, R. (1998). Quantitative evaluation of the post-Mount Pinatubo NO2 reduction and recovery, based on 10 years of Fourier transform infrared and UV-visible spectroscopic measurements at Jungfraujoch. , Journal of Geophysical Research D: Atmospheres, Vol. 103, Issue 3339, 10849-10858, DOI: 10.1029/97JD03362.