Atmospheric molecular hydrogen (H

February 2011
Tellus: Series B;Feb2011, Vol. 63 Issue 1, p64
Academic Journal
Measurements of H at the high-altitude site of Jungfraujoch, Switzerland are reported upon for the period of August, 2005-November, 2009. The time series consists of measurements that are primarily representative of free tropospheric background conditions. Highest background H mixing ratios were observed in May, while the lowest were observed in November. The mean seasonal H peak-to-trough amplitude of 21 parts per billion (ppb, 10 dry air mixing ratio) at Jungfraujoch was considerably less than at other stations at similar latitudes and the seasonal minimum in November was comparatively delayed. These differences are primarily attributed to a dampening and delay of the surface soil sink signal during its vertical propagation to the free troposphere. Excess (mixing ratio minus corresponding baseline value) H (ΔH) and excess CO (ΔCO) displayed no significant correlation. This lacking correlation is attributed to H removal by soil during transport to Jungfraujoch, thereby significantly altering the ΔH/ΔCO ratio from traffic combustion sources, which is the largest source of anthropogenic H influencing measurements at Jungfraujoch.


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