Atmospheric sulfur cycling in the tropical Pacific marine boundary layer (12S, 135W): A comparison of field data and model results: 2. Sulfur dioxide Academic Article uri icon


  • The atmospheric chemistry of sulfur dioxide over the tropical South Pacific Ocean is investigated by using results from field measurements and numerical models. Simultaneous real time measurements of sulfur dioxide and its bioorganic precursor dimethylsuffide were made at 12S, 135W for a 6-day period from March 3 through March 9, 1992. The mean SO2 and DMS mole fractions were 71 56 pmol mol-1 () and 453 93 pmol mol-1 () respectively. These concentrations are compared to those predicted by a time-dependent photochemical box model of the marine boundary layer. Model estimates of the yield of SO2 from DM5 oxidation range from 27% to 54%. Even with low yields, DMS is the dominant source of SO2 in this region. Estimates of vertical entraimnent velocities based on the tropospheric ozone budget suggest that vertical entrainment is a minor source of SO2. The relative rates of various loss mechanisms for S02 are dry deposition to the sea surface (5 8%), in-cloud oxidation (9%), OH oxidation (5%), and uptake by sea-salt aerosols (28%). Copyright 1996 by the American Geophysical Union.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres

author list (cited authors)

  • Yvon, S. A., & Saltzman, E. S.

publication date

  • January 1, 1996 11:11 AM