Observations of oxidation products above a forest imply biogenic emissions of very reactive compounds R. Holzinger1, A. Lee1, K. T. Paw2, and U. A. H. Goldstein1 1Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management (ESPM), Division of Ecosystem Sciences, University of California, Berkeley, California, 94720-3110, USA 2Atmospheric Science Program, Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources, University of California, Davis, California, 95616-8717, USA
Abstract. Vertical gradients of mixing ratios of volatile organic compounds have been
measured in a Ponderosa pine forest in Central California (38.90° N,
120.63° W, 1315m). These measurements reveal large quantities of
previously unreported oxidation products of short lived biogenic precursors.
The emission of biogenic precursors must be in the range of 13-66µmol m-2h-1
to produce the observed oxidation products. That is 6-30
times the emissions of total monoterpenes observed above the forest canopy
on a molar basis. These reactive precursors constitute a large fraction of
biogenic emissions at this site, and are not included in current emission
inventories. When oxidized by ozone they should efficiently produce
secondary aerosol and hydroxyl radicals.
Citation: Holzinger, R., Lee, A., Paw, K. T., and Goldstein, U. A. H.: Observations of oxidation products above a forest imply biogenic emissions of very reactive compounds, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 5, 67-75, doi:10.5194/acp-5-67-2005, 2005.