EGU24-14218, updated on 09 Mar 2024
EGU General Assembly 2024
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HONO Retrievals over Asia from the Geostationary Environment Monitoring Spectrometer (GEMS)

Hyeji Cha1, Jhoon Kim1, Heesung Chong2, Gonzalo González Abad2, Dha Hyun Ahn1, Sangseo Park3, and Won-jin Lee4
Hyeji Cha et al.
  • 1Yonsei University, Atmospheric Sciences, Seoul, Korea, Republic of (
  • 2Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian, United States
  • 3Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, Korea, Republic of
  • 4National Institute of Environmental Research, Korea, Republic of

The hydroxyl radical (OH) plays a significant role in the atmosphere, driving the oxidation and removal of most trace gases. Therefore, quantifying the sources of OH is of great importance to the scientific community. Researchers have been particularly interested in the role of nitrous acid (HONO) in tropospheric photochemistry, as HONO serves as a source of OH. While ground-based measurements have been conducted in certain regions, there is a need for more extensive observations of HONO to enhance our understanding of its chemistry. In this study, the HONO retrieval algorithm from the Geostationary Environment Monitoring Spectrometer (GEMS) are presented, utilizing the ultraviolet spectra. The retrieval process consists of three steps: spectral fitting, air mass factor calculation, and post-processing. The retrieval window of 343.0 – 371.0nm is employed to obtain HONO slant columns and air mass factor calculation is performed using a monochromatic wavelength of 357 nm. Reference sector correction is then applied to compensate for the HONO slant columns from radiance reference spectrum. Focusing on biomass burning events, the increase in HONO from fire plumes was presented as the retrieved results. By refining the retrieval algorithm, more information on HONO chemistry as well as diurnal patterns is expected to be obtained.

How to cite: Cha, H., Kim, J., Chong, H., González Abad, G., Ahn, D. H., Park, S., and Lee, W.: HONO Retrievals over Asia from the Geostationary Environment Monitoring Spectrometer (GEMS), EGU General Assembly 2024, Vienna, Austria, 14–19 Apr 2024, EGU24-14218,, 2024.