The Surface of the Sea Is a Sink for Nitrogen Oxides at Night


The surface of the sea takes up nitrogen oxides that build up in polluted air at night, new measurements on the coast of southern California have shown. The ocean removes about 15 percent of these chemicals overnight along the coast, a team of atmospheric chemists reports in the early online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences the week of March 3. Co-author Delphine Farmer at Colorado State University, a leader in these methods, helped to guide to the flux measurements.