Atmospheric Integrated Research at University of California, Irvine

Prather quoted in ATom article on remote ocean pollution

Mon, 04/16/2018

In an article in, AirUCI faculty Michael Prather is interviewed about the remote ocean pollution being measured by NASA's Atmospheric Tomography (ATom) project.  This mission, begun in 2016, has flown over much of the remote oceans from Alaska to New Zealand, from South America to Greenland, and over the Arctic Ocean.  Their instruments have detected shocking levels of pollutants—even poisons—over the Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic Oceans.
Michael, who is ATom’s deputy project scientist, said, “This implies that the remote Pacific is a larger source of tropospheric ozone than we previously understood. It’s a preliminary result, and we have yet to analyze whether this produced ozone is natural or related to pollution, but it does mean we’ll need to rethink what we believe about how much ozone is produced over the remote oceans, and what that means for the climate and our efforts to reduce ozone pollution on land.”
Read the article