Ground-based intercomparison of two isoprene measurement techniques E. Leibrock1,2,*, L. G. Huey3, P. D. Goldan1,2, W. C. Kuster1,2, E. Williams1,2, and F. C. Fehsenfeld1,2 1Aeronomy Laboratory, Environmental Research Laboratories, NOAA, Boulder, Colorado, USA 2Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, USA 3School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, USA *present address: The Boston Consulting Group, Ludwigstraße 21, D–80539 München, Germany
Abstract. An informal intercomparison of two isoprene
(C5H8) measurement techniques was carried out during Fall of 1998 at a field site located
approximately 3 km west of Boulder, Colorado, USA. A new chemical ionization
mass spectrometric technique (CIMS) was compared to a well-established gas
chromatographic technique (GC). The CIMS technique utilized benzene cation
chemistry to ionize isoprene. The isoprene levels measured by the CIMS were
often larger than those obtained with the GC. The results indicate that the
CIMS technique suffered from an anthropogenic interference associated with
air masses from the Denver, CO metropolitan area as well as an additional interference occurring in clean conditions. However, the CIMS technique is
also demonstrated to be sensitive and fast. Especially after introduction of
a tandem mass spectrometric technique, it is therefore a candidate for isoprene measurements in remote environments near isoprene sources.
Citation: Leibrock, E., Huey, L. G., Goldan, P. D., Kuster, W. C., Williams, E., and Fehsenfeld, F. C.: Ground-based intercomparison of two isoprene measurement techniques, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 3, 67-72, doi:10.5194/acp-3-67-2003, 2003.