Alkanes

From Glossary of Meteorology



alkanes

Hydrocarbon species (also known as paraffins) with general formula CnH2n + 2 where n is an integer.

Alkanes contain only saturated bonds and are relatively unreactive in the atmosphere, where they react by hydrogen abstraction to form alkyl radicals. Major sources include natural gas emissions, biomass burning, evaporative emissions, and fuel combustion.