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See detailATMOS ATLAS-1 MEASUREMENTS OF SULFUR-HEXAFLUORIDE (SF6) IN THE LOWER STRATOSPHERE AND UPPER TROPOSPHERE
Rinsland, C. P.; Gunson, M. R.; Abrams, M. C. et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research (1993), 98(D11), 20491-20494

Vertical profiles of sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) in the lower stratosphere and upper troposphere have been retrieved from 0.01-cm-1 resolution infrared solar occultation spectra recorded by the Atmospheric ... [more ▼]

Vertical profiles of sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) in the lower stratosphere and upper troposphere have been retrieved from 0.01-cm-1 resolution infrared solar occultation spectra recorded by the Atmospheric Trace Molecule Spectroscopy (ATMOS) Fourier transform spectrometer during the ATLAS (Atmospheric Laboratory for Applications and Science) 1 shuttle mission of March 24 to April 2, 1992. Based on measurements of the unresolved absorption by the SF6 nu3 band Q branch at 947.9 cm-1, average SF6 volume mixing ratios and 1-sigma uncertainties of 3.20 +/- 0.54 parts per trillion by volume (pptv; 10(-12) ppv) at 200 mbar (approximately 11.8 km) declining to 2.86 +/- 0.29 pptv at 100 mbar (approximately 16.2 km) and 1.95 +/- 0.50 pptv at 30 mbar (approximately 23.9 km) have been retrieved. The profiles show no obvious dependence with latitude over the range of the measurements (eight occultations spanning 28-degrees-S to 54-degrees-S). Assuming an exponential growth model and applying a correction for the interhemispheric concentration difference, an average SF6 rate of increase of 8.7 +/- 2.2% per year, 2 sigma, between 12 and 18 km has been derived by fitting the present measurements, ATMOS measurements from the April-May 1985 Spacelab 3 mission, and balloon-borne IR measurements obtained in March 1981 and June 1988. [less ▲]

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See detailATMOS version 3 water vapor measurements: Comparisons with observations from two ER-2 Lyman-alpha hygrometers, MkIV, HALOE, SAGE II, MAS, and MLS
Michelsen, Hope A.; Manney, Gloria L.; Irion, Fredrick W. et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research. Atmospheres (2002), 107(D3),

[1] We have compared a new version of Atmospheric Trace Molecule Spectroscopy Experiment (ATMOS) retrievals (version 3) of stratospheric and mesospheric water vapor with observations from shuttleborne ... [more ▼]

[1] We have compared a new version of Atmospheric Trace Molecule Spectroscopy Experiment (ATMOS) retrievals (version 3) of stratospheric and mesospheric water vapor with observations from shuttleborne, satelliteborne, balloonborne, and aircraftborne instruments. These retrievals show agreement to within 5% with the MkIV observations in the middle and lower stratosphere. ATMOS agrees with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Lyman-alpha hygrometer to within 5% except for features with spatial scales less than the vertical resolution of ATMOS (such as the lower stratospheric seasonal cycle). ATMOS observations are 10-16% lower than measurements from the Harvard Lyman-alpha hygrometer in the lower stratosphere and are 7-14% higher than those from the Microwave Limb Sounder (MLS; prototype version 0104) throughout most of the stratosphere. Agreement is within 7% with the Millimeter-Wave Atmospheric Sounder (MAS; version 20) in the middle and upper stratosphere, but differences are closer to 13% in the lower stratosphere. Throughout the stratosphere, agreement is within 8% with the Halogen Occultation Experiment (HALOE; version 19). ATMOS data from 1994 show agreement with the Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment II (SAGE II; version 6) values to within 8% in the middle stratosphere, but ATMOS observations are systematically higher than those from SAGE II by as much as 41% in the lower stratosphere. In contrast, ATMOS 1985 values are systematically similar to50% lower than SAGE II values from sunset occultations in the lower stratosphere near 70 hPa but appear to be in better agreement with sunrise occultations. Version 3 retrievals in the upper stratosphere and lower mesosphere are typically 5-10% lower than version 2 values between 1 and 0.05 hPa. This reduction improves agreement with HALOE, MAS, and MLS upper atmospheric observations, but ATMOS values still tend to be higher than values from these instruments in the middle mesosphere. Agreement among the instruments compared here (except for SAGE II) is generally within 15% in the middle to lower stratosphere and mesosphere and within 10% in the middle to upper stratosphere. At altitudes near 30 km, all instruments (including SAGE II) agree to within 10%. [less ▲]

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See detailATMOS/ATLAS 3 infrared profile measurements of clouds in the tropical and subtropical upper troposphere
Rinsland, C. P.; Gunson, M. R.; Wang, P.-H. et al

in Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy & Radiative Transfer (1998), 60(5), 903-919

Vertical profiles of infrared cirrus extinction have been derived from tropical and subtropical upper tropospheric solar occultation spectra. The measurements were recorded by the Atmospheric Trace ... [more ▼]

Vertical profiles of infrared cirrus extinction have been derived from tropical and subtropical upper tropospheric solar occultation spectra. The measurements were recorded by the Atmospheric Trace Molecule Spectroscopy (ATMOS) Fourier transform spectrometer during the Atmospheric Laboratory for Applications and Sciences (ATLAS) 3 shuttle flight in November 1994. The presence of large numbers of small ice crystals is inferred from the appearance of broad extinction features in the 8-12 mu m region. These features were observed near the tropopause and at lower altitudes. Vertical profiles of the ice extinction (km(-1)) in microwindows at 831, 957, and 1204 cm(-1) have been retrieved from the spectra and analyzed with a model for randomly oriented spheroidal ice crystals. An area-equivalent spherical radius of 6 mu m is estimated from the smallest ice crystals observed in the 8-12 mu m region. Direct penetration of clouds into the lower stratosphere is inferred from observations of cloud extinction extending from the upper troposphere to 50 mbar (20 km altitude). Cloud extinction between 3 and 5 mu m shows very little wavelength dependence, at least for the cases observed by the ATMOS instrument in the tropics and subtropics during ATLAS 3. Published by Elsevier Science Ltd. [less ▲]

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See detailATMOS/ATLAS 3 infrared profile measurements of trace gases in the November 1994 tropical and subtropical upper troposphere
Rinsland, C. P.; Gunson, M. R.; Wang, P.-H. et al

in Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy & Radiative Transfer (1998), 60(5), 891-901

Vertical mixing ratio profiles of four relatively long-lives gases, HCN, C2H2, CO, and C2H6, have been retrieved from 0.01 cm(-1) resolution infrared solar occultation spectra recorded between latitudes ... [more ▼]

Vertical mixing ratio profiles of four relatively long-lives gases, HCN, C2H2, CO, and C2H6, have been retrieved from 0.01 cm(-1) resolution infrared solar occultation spectra recorded between latitudes of 5.3 degrees N and 31.4 degrees N. The observations were obtained by the Atmospheric Trace Molecule Spectroscopy (ATMOS) Fourier transform spectrometer during the Atmospheric Laboratory for Applications and Science (ATLAS) 3 shuttle flight, 3-12 November 1994. Elevated mixing ratios below the tropopause were measured for these gases during several of the occultations. The positive correlations obtained between the simultaneously measured mixing ratios suggest that the enhancements are likely the result of surface emissions, most likely biomass burning and/or urban industrial activities, followed by common injection via deep convective transport of the gases to the upper troposphere. The elevated levels of HCN may account for at least part of the "missing NOy" in the upper troposphere. Comparisons of the observations with values measured during a recent aircraft campaign are presented. Published by Elsevier Science Ltd. [less ▲]

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See detailATMOS/ATLAS-3 measurements of stratospheric chlorine and reactive nitrogen partitioning inside and outside the November 1994 Antarctic vortex
Rinsland, Curtis P.; Gunson, Michael R.; Salawitch, R. J. et al

in Geophysical Research Letters (1996), 23(17), 2365-2368

Partitioning between HCl and ClONO2 and among the main components of the reactive nitrogen family (NO, NO2, HNO3, ClONO2, N2O5, and HO2NO2) has been studied inside and outside the Antarctic stratospheric ... [more ▼]

Partitioning between HCl and ClONO2 and among the main components of the reactive nitrogen family (NO, NO2, HNO3, ClONO2, N2O5, and HO2NO2) has been studied inside and outside the Antarctic stratospheric vortex based on ATMOS profiles measured at sunrise during the 3-12 November 1994 ATLAS-3 Shuttle mission. Elevated mixing ratios of HCl in the lower stratosphere with a peak of similar to 2.9 ppbv (10(-9) parts per volume) were measured inside the vortex near 500 K potential temperature (similar to 19 km). Maximum ClONO2 mixing ratios of similar to 1.2, similar to 1.4, and similar to 0.9 ppbv near 700 K (similar to 25 km) were measured inside, at the edge, and outside the vortex, respectively. Model calculations reproduce the higher levels of HCl and NOx (NO + NO2) inside the lower stratospheric vortex both driven by photochemical processes initiated by low O3. The high HCl at low O3 results from chemical production of HCl via the reaction of enhanced Cl with CH4, limited production of ClONO2, and the descent of inorganic chlorine from higher altitudes. [less ▲]

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See detailAtmosphere - surface fluxes estimated from different measurement techniques over snow covered sea ice
Sørensen, L.L; Delille, Bruno ULg; Jensen, B. et al

Conference (2014, December)

Carbon dioxide flux measurements in ecosystem science are mostly conducted over terrestrial areas by eddy covariance technique or the closed chamber method. Both methods are becoming more frequently used ... [more ▼]

Carbon dioxide flux measurements in ecosystem science are mostly conducted over terrestrial areas by eddy covariance technique or the closed chamber method. Both methods are becoming more frequently used over ice and snow covered surfaces. Comparisons between eddy covariance and chamber methods have been carried out over terrestrial surfaces, but carefully designed inter calibration experiments over sea ice and snow are still needed to assess differences and uncertainties. Here we present one of the first comparisons of fluxes over snow covered sea ice estimated from the eddy covariance technique and the chamber method. The measurements were carried out at Young Sound in Northeast Greenland from May 28th to June 28th 2014 starting just before snow started to melt. The comparison shows in general higher fluxes obtained by the eddy covariance method however the disagreement varies depending on meteorological and surface parameters. The flux divergence in relation to varying parameters will be presented and possible causes will be discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailL'atmosphère de la grotte de Ramioul
Godissart, Jean; Ek, Camille ULg

in Bulletin de la Société Royale Belge d'Etudes Géologiques et Archéologiques "Les Chercheurs de Wallonie" (2010), hors-série n°3

Depuis 2004, un puits de 30 m de la grotte de Ramioul dégage du dioxyde de cargone à des concentrations atteignant 8%. Les concentrations de CO2, O2 et CO ont été enregistrées depuis 2008. Les ... [more ▼]

Depuis 2004, un puits de 30 m de la grotte de Ramioul dégage du dioxyde de cargone à des concentrations atteignant 8%. Les concentrations de CO2, O2 et CO ont été enregistrées depuis 2008. Les histogrammes de CO2 montrent des maximums hivernaux, des minimums en été, et une production 12 à 20 fois plus grande que les autres grottes de Belgique. Le CO2 provient probablement de l'oxydation de la pyrite par les eaux d'infiltration. [less ▲]

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See detailL'atmosphère de Mars
Stiepen, Arnaud ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2014)

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See detailL’atmosphère et les cacahuètes. Simenon, matière de cinéma
Tomasovic, Dick ULg

in Demoulin, Laurent (Ed.) Cahier de l'Herne Simenon (2013)

Fasciné par la puissance de l’image cinématographique, méfiant à l’égard de l’industrie audiovisuelle , Simenon est aussi un cinéphile au goût très sûr. Le cinéma lui rendit cet amour ambivalent. D’une ... [more ▼]

Fasciné par la puissance de l’image cinématographique, méfiant à l’égard de l’industrie audiovisuelle , Simenon est aussi un cinéphile au goût très sûr. Le cinéma lui rendit cet amour ambivalent. D’une part, l’œuvre de Simenon apparaît comme une vache à lait de l’adaptation cinématographique, d’autre part, Simenon exerce une séduction sur un nombre important de cinéastes pour ses qualités descriptives, ses peintures sociales, et, surtout, pour une tonalité atmosphérique imageante qui lui serait propre. [less ▲]

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See detailThe atmosphere's response to solar irradiation
Hunten, D. M.; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; François, Louis ULg

in Sonnett, C. P.; Giampapa, M. S.; Matthews, M. S. (Eds.) The Sun in time (1991)

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See detailThe atmosphere's response to solar irradiation.
Hunten, D.M.; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; François, Louis ULg

Conference (1989)

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See detailAtmosphères planétaires et astrobiologie
Javaux, Emmanuelle ULg

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See detailAtmospheric and oceanic climate forcing of the exceptional Greenland ice sheet surface melt in summer 2012
Hanna, E.; Fettweis, Xavier ULg; Mernild, S. et al

in International Journal of Climatology (2013), 34(4), 10221037

The NASA announcement of record surface melting of the Greenland ice sheet in July 2012 led us to examine the atmospheric and oceanic climatic anomalies that are likely to have contributed to these ... [more ▼]

The NASA announcement of record surface melting of the Greenland ice sheet in July 2012 led us to examine the atmospheric and oceanic climatic anomalies that are likely to have contributed to these exceptional conditions and also to ask the question of how unusual these anomalies were compared to available records. Our analysis allows us to assess the relative contributions of these two key influences to both the extreme melt event and ongoing climate change. In 2012, as in recent warm summers since 2007, a blocking high pressure feature, associated with negative NAO conditions, was present in the mid-troposphere over Greenland for much of the summer. This circulation pattern advected relatively warm southerly winds over the western flank of the ice sheet, forming a ‘heat dome’ over Greenland that led to the widespread surface melting. Both sea-surface temperature and sea-ice cover anomalies seem to have played a minimal role in this record melt, relative to atmospheric circulation. Two representative coastal climatological station averages and several individual stations in south, west and north-west Greenland set new surface air temperature records for May, June, July and the whole (JJA) summer. The unusually warm summer 2012 conditions extended to the top of the ice sheet at Summit, where our reanalysed (1994–2012) DMI Summit weather station summer (JJA) temperature series set new record high mean and extreme temperatures in 2012; 3-hourly instantaneous 2-m temperatures reached an exceptional value of 2.2°C at Summit on 11 July 2012. These conditions translated into the record observed ice-sheet wide melt during summer 2012. However, 2012 seems not to be climatically representative of future ‘average’ summers projected this century. [less ▲]

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See detailAtmospheric Carbon Dioxide and Climate Over Phanerozoic Times
François, Louis ULg; Lefèbvre, Vincent; Goddéris, Yves et al

Conference (2006, December)

The atmospheric CO2 mixing ratio has fluctuated widely over the Phanerozoic, according to the estimates from available proxy records. Because atmospheric CO2 is a major greenhouse gas, these fluctuations ... [more ▼]

The atmospheric CO2 mixing ratio has fluctuated widely over the Phanerozoic, according to the estimates from available proxy records. Because atmospheric CO2 is a major greenhouse gas, these fluctuations should have led to significant climatic variations. The "classical" view is indeed that atmospheric CO2 has been the main driver of the Earth's climate history. On long-term time scales, the atmospheric CO2 level is the result of the balance between CO2 inputs from volcanoes or oxidation of old organic carbon (kerogen) in exposed rocks and outputs through silicate weathering or organic carbon deposition. Existing model reconstructions of the Phanerozoic history of atmospheric CO2 are based on such budgets. Recent data and model experiments currently challenge these models. First, the carbon cycle may be more complex than represented in the earliest models. In particular, silicate weathering depends on numerous factors, which are not obvious to model or are poorly known over the Phanerozoic. Mountain uplift is one such factor, which has been much debated in the last decade. Lithology is another example: basalts weather much more rapidly than other silicate rocks and the emplacement of large basaltic areas on the continents may trigger glaciations. Continental configuration is also more important than previously thought, as indicated by recent model experiments on super-continent fragmentation coupling geochemical and climate models. Problems of "classical" Phanerozoic CO2 models are also well illustrated by the fact that the most recent estimates of CO2 degassing show very little variation between the Cretaceous and the present, a period when large changes in CO2 have occurred, whereas degassing is the most important forcing of CO2 evolution in long-term carbon cycle models. Second, CO2 is not the only driver of climate evolution. This obvious fact has largely been forgotten in Phanerozoic studies. What the proxies tell us on paleo-atmospheric CO2 is not always in line with what we know about paleoclimatic records. For instance, the proxies suggest relatively high CO2 levels during the Late Ordovician glaciations. Similarly, the Late Jurassic now appears to be colder than earlier thought, while again proxies suggest high atmospheric CO2 at that time. The mid-Miocene climate warming, which occurs simultaneously with a drop in CO2, provides another example. This latter change in CO2 is unanimously reflected in all proxies and, so, this decoupling between CO2 and climate cannot arise from uncertainties on the reconstructed CO2 levels or from dating problems, as might be the case of the former two examples. Other climatic drivers than CO2 clearly need to be considered. In this respect, vegetation- climate feedbacks have been completely disregarded in long-term climatic studies. Cenozoic cooling is, however, accompanied by a progressive transition from closed forests to more widespread grasslands and deserts on the continental areas, a change which must have had major impacts on the surface albedo and the water cycle. [less ▲]

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See detailAtmospheric Chemistry Experiment (ACE): Mission overview
Bernath, Peter; McElroy, C. T.; Abrams, Mark et al

in Geophysical Research Letters (2005), 32(15),

SCISAT-1, also known as the Atmospheric Chemistry Experiment ( ACE), is a Canadian satellite mission for remote sensing of the Earth's atmosphere. It was launched into low Earth circular orbit ( altitude ... [more ▼]

SCISAT-1, also known as the Atmospheric Chemistry Experiment ( ACE), is a Canadian satellite mission for remote sensing of the Earth's atmosphere. It was launched into low Earth circular orbit ( altitude 650 km, inclination 74 degrees) on 12 Aug. 2003. The primary ACE instrument is a high spectral resolution (0.02 cm(-1)) Fourier Transform Spectrometer (FTS) operating from 2.2 to 13.3 mm ( 750 - 4400 cm(-1)). The satellite also features a dual spectrophotometer known as MAESTRO with wavelength coverage of 285 - 1030 nm and spectral resolution of 1 - 2 nm. A pair of filtered CMOS detector arrays records images of the Sun at 0.525 and 1.02 mu m. Working primarily in solar occultation, the satellite provides altitude profile information ( typically 10 - 100 km) for temperature, pressure, and the volume mixing ratios for several dozen molecules of atmospheric interest, as well as atmospheric extinction profiles over the latitudes 85 degrees N to 85 degrees S. This paper presents a mission overview and some of the first scientific results. [less ▲]

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See detailAtmospheric circulation changes identified thanks to ground-based FTIR monitoring of hydrogen chloride (HCl)
Mahieu, Emmanuel ULg; Chipperfield, Martyn. P.; Notholt, Justus et al

Article for general public (2015)

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See detailAtmospheric CO2 consumption by continental erosion: present-day controls and implications for the last glacial maximum
Ludwig, Wolfgang; Amiotte-Suchet, Philippe; Munhoven, Guy ULg et al

in Global and Planetary Change (1998), 16-17

The export of carbon from land to sea by rivers represents a major link in the global carbon cycle, For all principal carbon forms, the main factors that control the present-day fluxes at the global scale ... [more ▼]

The export of carbon from land to sea by rivers represents a major link in the global carbon cycle, For all principal carbon forms, the main factors that control the present-day fluxes at the global scale have been determined in order to establish global budgets and to predict regional fluxes. Dissolved organic carbon fluxes are mainly related to drainage intensity, basin slope, and the amount of carbon stored in soils. Particulate organic carbon fluxes are calculated as a function of sediment yields and of drainage intensity. The consumption of atmospheric/soil CO2 by chemical rock weathering depends mainly on the rock type and on the drainage intensity. Our empirical models yield a total of 0.721 Gt of carbon (Gt C) that is exported from the continents to the oceans each year. From this figure, 0.096 Gt C come from carbonate mineral dissolution and the remaining 0.625 Gt C stem from the atmosphere (F-CO2). Of this atmospheric carbon, 33% is discharged as dissolved organic carbon, 30% as particulate organic carbon, and 37% as bicarbonate ions. Predicted inorganic carbon fluxes were further compared with observed fluxes for a set of 35 major world rivers, and possible additional climatic effects on the consumption of atmospheric CO2 by rock weathering were investigated in these river basins. Finally, we discuss the implications of our results for the river carbon fluxes and the role of continental erosion in the global carbon cycle during the last glacial maximum. [less ▲]

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See detailAtmospheric CO2 flux from mangrove surrounding waters
Borges, Alberto ULg; Djenidi, Salim ULg; Lacroix, Geneviève et al

in Geophysical Research Letters (2003), 30(11),

[1] The partial pressure of CO2 (pCO(2)) was measured at daily and weekly time scales in the waters surrounding mangrove forests in Papua New Guinea, the Bahamas and India. The pCO(2) values range from ... [more ▼]

[1] The partial pressure of CO2 (pCO(2)) was measured at daily and weekly time scales in the waters surrounding mangrove forests in Papua New Guinea, the Bahamas and India. The pCO(2) values range from 380 to 4800 muatm. These data, together with previously published data, suggest that overall oversaturation of CO2 with respect to atmospheric equilibrium in surface waters is a general feature of mangrove forests, though the entire ecosystems (sediment, water and vegetation) are probably sinks for atmospheric CO2. The computed CO2 fluxes converge to about +50 mmolC m(-2) day(-1). If this conservative value is extrapolated for worldwide mangrove ecosystems, the global emission of CO2 to the atmosphere is about 50 10(6) tC year(-1). Based on this tentative estimate, mangrove waters appear to be regionally a significant source of CO2 to the atmosphere and should be more thoroughly investigated, especially at seasonal time scale. [less ▲]

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See detailAtmospheric concentrations of PCDD/Fs, dl-PCBs and some pesticides in northern Algeria using passive air sampling.
Moussaoui, Y.; Tuduri, L.; Kerchich, Y. et al

in Chemosphere (2012), 88

Two monitoring campaigns were conducted in northern Algeria to assess the contamination level of pesticides and persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in ambient air. Six pesticides (alpha- and gamma ... [more ▼]

Two monitoring campaigns were conducted in northern Algeria to assess the contamination level of pesticides and persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in ambient air. Six pesticides (alpha- and gamma-hexachlorocyclohexane, fenitrothion, malathion, chlorpyrifos and lambda-cyhalothrin) were monitored at two different sampling locations during the first campaign. The passive sampling was performed at a semi urban/industrial site but also in a rural area between July to September 2008. The pesticides levels, analyzed by GC/MS/MS, ranged from 16pgm(-3) to 11ngm(-3). The second campaign was carried out from May to November 2009. The polychlorodibenzo-p-dioxins, dibenzofurans (PCDD/Fs) and dioxin-like polychlorinated biphenyls (dl-PCBs) concentrations were evaluated at an urban/industrial and at an industrial site. The PCDD/Fs and dl-PCBs, analyzed by HRGC/HRMS, ranged from 249 to 923fg TEQ m(-3). In addition to passive sampling, active sampling using an isokinetic sampler was also performed at an industrial waste incinerator. The PCDD/Fs and dl-PCBs found was 268pg TEQ m(-3). This paper presents the first measurements of PCDD/Fs, dl-PCBs and pesticides in rural, urban and industrial areas of northern Algeria. [less ▲]

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