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AMT | Articles | Volume 11, issue 9
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 4943–4961, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-11-4943-2018
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Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 4943–4961, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-11-4943-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 31 Aug 2018

Research article | 31 Aug 2018

The first evaluation of formaldehyde column observations by improved Pandora spectrometers during the KORUS-AQ field study

Elena Spinei et al.
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Formaldehyde is toxic to humans and is formed in the atmosphere in the presence of air pollution, but the measurements are sparse. Pandonia Global Network instruments measure total formaldehyde column from the surface to the top of troposphere and will be widely available. This study compared formaldehyde Pandora columns with the surface and aircraft-integrated columns near Seoul, South Korea. Relatively good agreement was observed between the three datasets with some overestimation by Pandora.
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