
^{1}Finnish Meteorological Institute, 00560, Helsinki, Finland ^{2}University of Helsinki, 00560, Helsinki, Finland Abstract. Concentrations of 5 gases (HCl, HNO_{3}, HONO, NH_{3}, SO_{2}) and 8 major inorganic ions in particles (Cl^{−}, NO_{3}^{−}, SO_{4}^{2−}, NH_{4}^{+}, Na^{+}, K^{+}, Mg^{2+}, Ca^{2+}) were measured with an online monitor MARGA 2S in two size ranges, D_{p} <2.5 μm and D_{p} < 10 μm, in Helsinki, Finland from November 2009 to May 2010. The results were compared with filter sampling, mass concentrations obtained from particle number size distributions, and a conventional SO_{2} monitor. The MARGA yielded lower concentrations than those analyzed from the filter samples for most ions. Linear regression yielded the following MARGA vs. filter slopes: 0.72 for Cl^{−}, 0.90 for NO_{3}^{−}, 0.85 for SO_{4}^{2−}, 0.91 for NH_{4}^{+} , 0.49 for Na^{+}, 3.0 for Mg^{2+}, and 3.0 for Ca^{2+} and 0.90 for the MARGA vs. SO_{2} monitor. For K^{+} there were not enough data points to calculate a statistically significant linear regression. There were clear seasonal cycles in the concentrations of the nitrogencontaining gases: the median concentrations of HNO_{3}, HONO, and NH_{3} were 0.09 ppb, 0.37 ppb, and 0.01 ppb in winter, respectively, and 0.15, 0.15, and 0.14 in spring, respectively. The gasphase fraction of nitrogen decreased roughly with decreasing temperature, so that in the coldest period from January to February the median contribution was 28% but in April to May was 53%. There were also large fractionation variations that temperature alone cannot explain. HONO correlated well with NO_{x} but a large fraction of the HONOtoNO_{x} ratios were larger than published ratios in a road traffic tunnel, suggesting that a large amount of HONO had other sources than vehicle exhaust. Aerosol acidity was estimated by calculating ion equivalent ratios. The sources of acidic aerosols were studied with trajectory statistics that showed that continental aerosol is mainly neutralized and marine aerosol acidic. Citation: Makkonen, U., Virkkula, A., Mäntykenttä, J., Hakola, H., Keronen, P., Vakkari, V., and Aalto, P. P.: Semicontinuous gas and inorganic aerosol measurements at a Finnish urban site: comparisons with filters, nitrogen in aerosol and gas phases, and aerosol acidity, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 12, 56175631, doi:10.5194/acp1256172012, 2012. 
