Aircraft and ground-based measurements of hydroperoxides during the 2006 MILAGRO field campaign
1Brookhaven National Laboratory Atmospheric Sciences Division Upton, NY 11973, USA
2Chemistry/Physics Department State, University of New York, Old Westbury, NY, USA
3Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, Division of Marine and Atmospheric Chemistry, University of Miami, Miami, FL, USA
4University of Arkansas, Department of Chemistry, Little Rock, AR, USA
5Georgia Institute of Technology School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Atlanta, GA, USA
Abstract. Mixing ratios of hydrogen peroxide and hydroxymethyl hydroperoxide were determined aboard the US Department of Energy G-1 Research Aircraft during the March, 2006 MILAGRO field campaign in Mexico. Ground measurements of total hydroperoxide were made at Tecámac University, about 35 km NW of Mexico City. In the air and on the ground, peroxide mixing ratios near the source region were generally near 1 ppbv. Strong southerly flow resulted in transport of pollutants from Mexico City to two downwind surface sites on several flight days. On these days, it was observed that peroxide concentrations slightly decreased as the G-1 flew progressively downwind. This observation is consistent with low or negative net peroxide production rates calculated for the source region and is due to the very high NOx concentrations in the Mexico City plateau. However, relatively high values of peroxide were observed at takeoff and landing near Veracruz, a site with much higher humidity and lower NOx concentrations.