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What's that smell? Hydrogen sulphide transport from Bardarbunga to Scandinavia
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Environmental Science and Analytical Chemistry. The Swedish Defence Research Agency, Umeå, Sweden.
Number of Authors: 3
2015 (English)In: Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, ISSN 0377-0273, E-ISSN 1872-6097, Vol. 303, 187-192 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

On Sep 9 2014 several incidences of foul smell (rotten eggs) were reported on the coast of Norway (in particular in the vicinity of Molde) and then on Sep 10 in the interior parts of county Vasterbotten, Sweden. One of the theories that were put forward was that the foul smell was due to degassing of the Bardarbunga volcano on Iceland. Using satellite images (GOME-1,-2) of the sulphur dioxide, SO2, contents in the atmosphere surrounding Iceland to estimate flux of SO2 from the volcano and an atmospheric transport model, PELLO, we vindicate this theory: we argue that the cause for the foul smell was hydrogen sulphide originating from Bardarbunga. The model concentrations are also compared to SO2 concentration measurements from Muonio, Finland.

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2015. Vol. 303, 187-192 p.
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Dispersion modelling, Source term estimation, Smell threshold, Bardarbunga, SO2, H2S
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Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-123343DOI: 10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2015.07.006ISI: 000362608000014OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-123343DiVA: diva2:874205
Available from: 2015-11-26 Created: 2015-11-24 Last updated: 2015-11-26Bibliographically approved

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