Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics
This work reports the first infrared satellite remote-sensing measurements of acetonitrile (CH3CN) in the Earth's atmosphere using solar occultation measurements made by the Atmospheric Chemistry Experiment Fourier transform spectrometer (ACE-FTS) between 2004 and 2011. The retrieval scheme uses new quantitative laboratory spectroscopic measurements of acetonitrile (Harrison and Bernath, 2012). Although individual ACE-FTS profile measurements are dominated by measurement noise, median profiles in 10 degrees latitude bins show a steady decline in volume mixing ratio from similar to 150 ppt (parts per trillion) at 11.5 km to < 40 ppt at 25.5-29.5 km. These new measurements agree well with the scant available air-and balloon-borne data in the lower stratosphere. An acetonitrile stratospheric lifetime of 73 ± 20 yr has been determined.
Original Publication Citation
Harrison, J. J., & Bernath, P. F. (2013). ACE-FTS observations of acetonitrile in the lower stratosphere. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 13(15), 7405-7413. doi: 10.5194/acp-13-7405-2013
Harrison, J. J. and Bernath, P. F., "ACE-FTS Observations of Acetonitrile in the Lower Stratosphere" (2013). Chemistry & Biochemistry Faculty Publications. 23.