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Authors: Voight, C.*
Jessberger, P.*
Jurkat, T.*
Kaufmann, S.*
Baumann, R.*
Schalager, H.*
Bobrowski, N.*
Giuffrida, G.*
Salerno, G.*
Title: Evolution of CO2, SO2, HCl and HNO3 in the volcanic plumes from Etna
Title of journal: Geophysical Research Letters
Series/Report no.: 6/41 (2014)
Publisher: American Geophysical Union
Issue Date: 20-Feb-2014
DOI: 10.1002/2013GL058974
Keywords: aircraft measurements
CO2/SO2 and SO2/HCl molar ratios are stable during atmospheric plume evolution
These trace gas ratios allow monitoring volcanic activity far from the crater
Abstract: The volcanic plumes from degassing Etna (Italy) were extensively probed with instruments onboard the Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt research aircraft Falcon during the contrail, volcano, and cirrus experiment CONCERT on 29/30 September 2011. Up to 10.4 ppmv SO2 and 0.3 ppmv HCl were detected with the atmospheric chemical ionization mass spectrometer AIMS at 3.1 km altitude and 20 km distance to the summit. HNO3 is the dominant reactive nitrogen component in the plumes. Linking aircraft and ground-based observations by Hybrid Single-Particle Lagrangian Integrated Trajectory dispersion modeling, we identify two crater plumes with different compositions primarily injected by the Bocca Nuova and North East craters. Uniquely, we follow their chemical evolution up to 5 h plume age. Our results show that CO2/SO2 and SO2/HCl molar ratios are stable in the ageing plumes. Hence, conversion of SO2 to H2SO4 and partitioning of HCl in acidic plume particles play a minor role at dry tropospheric conditions. Thus, these trace gases allow monitoring volcanic activity far from the crater.
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