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ATom: L2 In Situ Peroxyacetyl Nitrate (PAN) Measurements from Georgia Tech CIMS

This dataset provides measurements of two important components of photochemical smog - peroxyacetyl nitrate (PAN) and peroxyl propionyl nitrate (PPN)- measured by the Georgia Tech Chemical Ionization Mass Spectrometer (GT-CIMS) during airborne campaigns conducted by NASA's Atmospheric Tomography (ATom) mission. The GT-CIMS measures reactive nitrogen species in the lower atmosphere. ATom deploys an extensive gas and aerosol payload on the NASA DC-8 aircraft for systematic, global-scale sampling of the atmosphere, profiling continuously from 0.2 to 12 km altitude. Flights occurred in each of 4 seasons from 2016 to 2018. Flights originate from the Armstrong Flight Research Center in Palmdale, California, fly north to the western Arctic, south to the South Pacific, east to the Atlantic, north to Greenland, and return to California across central North America. ATom establishes a single, contiguous, global-scale dataset. This comprehensive dataset will be used to improve the representation of chemically reactive gases and short-lived climate forcers in global models of atmospheric chemistry and climate.

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