Hydroxyl is the atmosphere’s Pac-Man. Hydroxyl always wins.
Dr. William BruneDistinguished Professor Department of Meteorology, Pennsylvania State University
Hydroxyl (OH) is simply water missing a hydrogen and it wants it back. As a result, it has a prodigious appetite for gases emitted into the atmosphere, making it the atmosphere’s Pac-Man despite its puny size. Hydroxyl has defeated many who have attempted to measure its value, but progress has been made in its measurement, its current role in atmospheric chemistry, and the prediction of its role in a future changing climate. This talk will highlight where we are having success and where we are struggling. Where we are struggling might surprise you.Room 1888 (Multipurpose Room), Jim Pattison Pavilion, Vancouver, BC