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Seasonality Influence in the Distribution of Formic and Acetic Acids in the Urban Atmosphere of S?o Paulo City, Brazil

DOI: 10.1590/S0103-50532001000600011

Keywords: lower carboxylic acids, seasonal trends, urban atmosphere of s?o paulo city.

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ambient levels and diurnal profiles of formic and acetic acids were measured in the atmosphere of s?o paulo city in winter and spring 1996. a comparison between two different urban sites was done. results demonstrate that carboxylic acid levels were affected by seasonality in the site with high vehicular emission density, while no seasonal influence was observed for the other site studied. ranges of mixing ratios from 0.64 to 11.8 ppbv for formic acid and 0.51 to 10.7 ppbv for acetic acid were recorded. the results concerning the carboxylic acid concentrations were discussed with respect to direct emission and in situ photochemical production.


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