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Acetylene and ethane surface flask measurements from Cape Grim, Australia and South Pole, Antarctica

Citation

Nicewonger, Melinda; Aydin, Murat; Saltzman, Eric (2019), Acetylene and ethane surface flask measurements from Cape Grim, Australia and South Pole, Antarctica , UC Irvine, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.7280/D1TD4D

Abstract

Measurements of the abundance of acetylene and ethane in surface air flasks from Cape Grim, Australia (CGO) and South Pole, Antarctica (SPO) were made in the Saltzman/Aydin Reserach Group at the Unviversity of Califonia, Irvine. The surface flasks are from the the NOAA Halocarbons and other Atmospheric Trace Species (HATS) monitoring network shared with UC Irvine by Dr. Stephen Montzka to compliment on-going ice core research at UC Irvine involving the same trace species. 

Methods

Surface air samples in glass flasks were collected at South Pole, Antarctica and Cape Grim, Australia following the protcol set by the NOAA HATS monitoring group: https://www.esrl.noaa.gov/gmd/hats/. The bi-monthly flask air samples were shipped to UC Irvine for analysis with gas chromatography (Agilent 6890 with DB-1 column) and high-resolution mass spectrometry (Waters AutoSpec Ultima in EI+ mode) for the abundance of ethane and acetylene. Details on the UC Irvine analysis system are found in Aydin et al., 2007 JGR. Two air flasks are collected from each sampling date and one of the flasks is analyzed twice, resulting in three measuremetns for each sampling date. 

Usage Notes

Missing or excluded data are denoted with -999. Mixing ratios are repoted in units of pmol mol-1. Errors are also in units of pmol mol-1 and represent a one-sigma uncertainity. 

Location

-40.63, 144.69
-89.98, -24.8