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AS3.31

Climate and atmospherically important trace gases and particles: metrology, quality control and measurement comparabilityPICO session
Convener: Dave Worton  | Co-Conveners: Stefan Reimann , Paul Brewer , Edgar Flores , Daiana Leuenberger , Paul Quincey 
PICO
 / Thu, 12 Apr, 08:30–10:00  / PICO spot 5a
Atmospheric trace gases and particles play critical roles in the atmosphere affecting air quality, human health and directly and indirectly influencing Earth's climate. Some trace gases are regulated air pollutants, some are greenhouse gases while others act as precursors to secondary pollutants such as ozone and particulate matter. Monitoring long term spatial and temporal changes in trace gas and particle concentrations is essential to establish the scientific links and feedbacks between atmospheric composition, air quality and climate and to ensure legislative compliance. Ambient amount fractions of many trace gases and particle number concentrations and size distributions are routinely observed within networks of monitoring sites and on mobile measurement platforms around the globe. Ensuring the quality and comparability of all these datasets is critical to improve reliability and reduce uncertainty in our understanding of the Earths system. This session invites contributions that seek to address the fundamental metrology needed to underpin long term ambient monitoring of trace gases and particles ensuring coherent and comparable measurements from year to year and within, and between different monitoring networks and measurement platforms.