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Title: The North Atlantic Marine Boundary Layer Experiment (NAMBLEX). Overview of the campaign held at Mace Head, Ireland, in summer 2002
Authors: Heard, D. E.
Read, K. A.
Methven, J.
Al-Haider, S.
Bloss, W. J.
Johnson, G. P.
Pilling, M. J.
Seakins, P. W.
Smith, S. C.
Sommariva, R.
Stanton, J. C.
Still, T. J.
Ingham, T.
Brooks, B.
De Leeuw, G.
Jackson, A. V.
McQuaid, J. B.
Morgan, R.
Smith, M. H.
Carpenter, L. J.
Carslaw, N.
Hamilton, J.
Hopkins, J. R.
Lee, J. D.
Lewis, A. C.
Purvis, R. M.
Wevill, D. J.
Brough, N.
Green, T.
Mills, G.
Penkett, S. A.
Plane, J. M. C.
Saiz-Lopez, A.
Worton, D.
Monks, Paul S.
Fleming, Zoe L.
Rickard, A. R.
Alfarra, M. R.
Allan, J. D.
Bower, K.
Coe, H.
Cubison, M.
Flynn, M.
McFiggans, G.
Gallagher, M.
Norton, E. G.
O'Dowd, C. D.
Shillito, J.
Topping, D.
Vaughan, G.
Williams, P.
Bitter, M.
Ball, S. M.
Jones, R. L.
Povey, I. M.
O'Doherty, S.
Simmonds, P. G.
Allen, A.
Kinnersley, R. P.
Beddows, D. C. S.
Dall'Osto, M.
Harrison, R. M.
Donovan, R. J.
Heal, M. R.
Jennings, S. G.
Noone, C.
Spain, G.
First Published: 21-Jun-2006
Publisher: Copernicus GmbH on behalf of the European Geosciences Union
Citation: Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 2006, 6 (8), 2241-2272
Abstract: The North Atlantic Marine Boundary Layer Experiment (NAMBLEX), involving over 50 scientists from 12 institutions, took place at Mace Head, Ireland (53.32° N, 9.90° W), between 23 July and 4 September 2002. A wide range of state-of-the-art instrumentation enabled detailed measurements of the boundary layer structure and atmospheric composition in the gas and aerosol phase to be made, providing one of the most comprehensive in situ studies of the marine boundary layer to date. This overview paper describes the aims of the NAMBLEX project in the context of previous field campaigns in the Marine Boundary Layer (MBL), the overall layout of the site, a summary of the instrumentation deployed, the temporal coverage of the measurement data, and the numerical models used to interpret the field data. Measurements of some trace species were made for the first time during the campaign, which was characterised by predominantly clean air of marine origin, but more polluted air with higher levels of NO[subscript x] originating from continental regions was also experienced. This paper provides a summary of the meteorological measurements and Planetary Boundary Layer (PBL) structure measurements, presents time series of some of the longer-lived trace species (O[subscript 3], CO, H[subscript 2], DMS, CH[subscript 4], NMHC, NO[subscript x], NO[subscript y], PAN) and summarises measurements of other species that are described in more detail in other papers within this special issue, namely oxygenated VOCs, HCHO, peroxides, organo-halogenated species, a range of shorter lived halogen species (I[subscript 2], OIO, IO, BrO), NO[subscript 3] radicals, photolysis frequencies, the free radicals OH, HO[subscript 2] and (HO[subscript 2]+ΣRO[subscript 2]), as well as a summary of the aerosol measurements. NAMBLEX was supported by measurements made in the vicinity of Mace Head using the NERC Dornier-228 aircraft. Using ECMWF wind-fields, calculations were made of the air-mass trajectories arriving at Mace Head during NAMBLEX, and were analysed together with both meteorological and trace-gas measurements. In this paper a chemical climatology for the duration of the campaign is presented to interpret the distribution of air-mass origins and emission sources, and to provide a convenient framework of air-mass classification that is used by other papers in this issue for the interpretation of observed variability in levels of trace gases and aerosols.
DOI Link: 10.5194/acp-6-2241-2006, 2006
ISSN: 1680-7316
eISSN: 1680-7324
Links: http://www.atmos-chem-phys.net/6/2241/2006/acp-6-2241-2006.html
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/28617
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © Author(s) 2006. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 License. (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.5/)
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