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Measurements of nitrous oxide concentrations from the atmosphere via equipment aboard supply aircrafts operating between Christchurch, New Zealand and McMurdo Sound
Entry ID: K087_1996_2008_NZ_4

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Abstract: Nitrous oxide (N2O) is the main naturally occurring regulator of stratospheric ozone and is therefore a major greenhouse gas. An automated flask sampling system is used to collect small atmospheric samples (1L) in a glass flask from supply aircraft operating between Christchurch and McMurdo Sound (since the 96-97 season). The use of different aircrafts offers the ability to measure the vertical distribution of carbon monoxide and the isotopic ratios within the troposphere and stratosphere along a latitudinal transect.
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: -43.0   S: -78.0   E: 175.0   W: 165.0
Min Altitude: 0 Max Altitude: 16000

Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1996-05-23
AIRCRAFT Ancillary Description
Quality All of the data is held by NIWA Ltd., New Zealand and is available via the ftp site listed on this page. Please contact Dr Gordon Brailsford for more information.
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Antarctica New Zealand, New Zealand Antarctic Institute, New Zealand Supplemental Info
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Phone: +64 3 358 0200
Fax: +64 3 358 0211
Email: s.gordon at
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Antarctica New Zealand
Private Bag 4745
City: Christchurch
Country: New Zealand
Phone: +64 4 386 0300
Fax: +64 3 386 0574
Email: g.brailsford at
Contact Address:
National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Ltd. (NIWA)
PO BOX 14901
City: Wellington
Country: New Zealand
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DIF Creation Date: 2009-04-22
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-23