National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration
United States Department of Commerce


FY 1993

Natural sulfur emissions to the atmosphere of the continental United States

Bates, T.S., and B.K. Lamb

Global Biogeochem. Cy., 6(4), 431–435, doi: 10.1029/92GB01987 (1992)

Seasonal emissions of biogenic sulfur gases from marine and terrestrial sources were assessed for 13 regions of the continental United States. The resulting inventory was compared to volcanic and anthropogenic sulfur emissions from the same regions. Terrestrial biogenic sulfur emissions were less than 1% of the total sulfur emissions in each region. However, during the summer, marine biogenic sulfur emissions may be contributing 20-40% of the total sulfur emissions in western coastal regions.

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