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      Airborne measurements of organosulfates over the continental U.S.


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          Organosulfates are important secondary organic aerosol (SOA) components and good tracers for aerosol heterogeneous reactions. However, the knowledge of their spatial distribution, formation conditions, and environmental impact is limited. In this study, we report two organosulfates, an isoprene-derived isoprene epoxydiols (IEPOX) (2,3-epoxy-2-methyl-1,4-butanediol) sulfate and a glycolic acid (GA) sulfate, measured using the NOAA Particle Analysis Laser Mass Spectrometer (PALMS) on board the NASA DC8 aircraft over the continental U.S. during the Deep Convective Clouds and Chemistry Experiment (DC3) and the Studies of Emissions and Atmospheric Composition, Clouds, and Climate Coupling by Regional Surveys (SEAC4RS). During these campaigns, IEPOX sulfate was estimated to account for 1.4% of submicron aerosol mass (or 2.2% of organic aerosol mass) on average near the ground in the southeast U.S., with lower concentrations in the western U.S. (0.2–0.4%) and at high altitudes (<0.2%). Compared to IEPOX sulfate, GA sulfate was more uniformly distributed, accounting for about 0.5% aerosol mass on average, and may be more abundant globally. A number of other organosulfates were detected; none were as abundant as these two. Ambient measurements confirmed that IEPOX sulfate is formed from isoprene oxidation and is a tracer for isoprene SOA formation. The organic precursors of GA sulfate may include glycolic acid and likely have both biogenic and anthropogenic sources. Higher aerosol acidity as measured by PALMS and relative humidity tend to promote IEPOX sulfate formation, and aerosol acidity largely drives in situ GA sulfate formation at high altitudes. This study suggests that the formation of aerosol organosulfates depends not only on the appropriate organic precursors but also on emissions of anthropogenic sulfur dioxide (SO 2), which contributes to aerosol acidity.

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          • IEPOX sulfate is an isoprene SOA tracer at acidic and low NO conditions

          • Glycolic acid sulfate may be more abundant than IEPOX sulfate globally

          • SO 2 impacts IEPOX sulfate by increasing aerosol acidity and water uptake

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                J Geophys Res Atmos
                J Geophys Res Atmos
                Journal of Geophysical Research. Atmospheres
                John Wiley & Sons, Ltd (Chichester, UK )
                16 April 2015
                03 April 2015
                : 120
                : 7
                : 2990-3005
                [1 ]Chemical Sciences Division, Earth System Research Laboratory, NOAA Boulder, Colorado, USA
                [2 ]Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, Colorado, USA
                [3 ]Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, Wisconsin, USA
                [4 ]Now at Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
                [5 ]Division of Geology & Planetary Sciences Pasadena, California, USA
                [6 ]Division of Engineering and Applied Science Pasadena, California, USA
                [7 ]Institut für Ionenphysik und Angewandte Physik, Leopold-Franzens Universität Innsbruck Innsbruck, Austria
                [8 ]Now at Department of Chemistry, University of Olso Oslo, Norway
                [9 ]Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, Colorado, USA
                [10 ]NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, Virginia, USA
                [11 ]Department of Chemistry, University of California Irvine, California, USA
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                Correspondence to: J. Liao,, jin.liao@ 123456noaa.gov
                ©2015. The Authors.

                This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.

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                : 26 February 2015
                Research Articles

                organosulfate,iepox sulfate,glycolic acid sulfate,free troposphere aerosols,aerosol acidity,relative humidity


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