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Simultaneous vertical profiles of condensation nuclei and ozone in the lower troposphere

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Eight vertical profiles compiled from simultaneous measurements of Aitken nuclei and ozone concentrations over Germany in different weather conditions are discussed. The position and shape of the profiles is shown to depend on the prevailing weather conditions and the type of air masses. High aerosol concentrations in smoke plumes correlate in some cases with lower ozone concentrations, indicating that ozone in such cases is destroyed in the presence of high concentrations of pollutants such as aerosols and gases. A layered structure in the profiles was found only in association with temperature inversions and where the air above 2 km was subsiding, and was not found in convective parts of the troposphere.

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Schmidt, M., Fabian, P. & Tiefenau, H. Simultaneous vertical profiles of condensation nuclei and ozone in the lower troposphere. PAGEOPH 112, 887–899 (1974). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00881494

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  • Ozone
  • Smoke
  • Weather Condition
  • Layered Structure
  • Vertical Profile