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Biogeosciences An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
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Volume 12, issue 19
Biogeosciences, 12, 5753-5770, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-12-5753-2015
© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under
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Biogeosciences, 12, 5753-5770, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-12-5753-2015
© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 09 Oct 2015

Research article | 09 Oct 2015

Annual cycle of volatile organic compound exchange between a boreal pine forest and the atmosphere

P. Rantala1, J. Aalto2, R. Taipale1, T. M. Ruuskanen1,3, and J. Rinne1,4,5 P. Rantala et al.
  • 1Division of Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Physics, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
  • 2Department of Forest Sciences, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
  • 3Palmenia Centre for Continuing Education, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
  • 4Department of Geoscience and Geography, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
  • 5Finnish Meteorological Institute, Helsinki, Finland

Abstract. Long-term flux measurements of volatile organic compounds (VOC) over boreal forests are rare, although the forests are known to emit considerable amounts of VOCs into the atmosphere. Thus, we measured fluxes of several VOCs and oxygenated VOCs over a Scots-pine-dominated boreal forest semi-continuously between May 2010 and December 2013. The VOC profiles were obtained with a proton transfer reaction mass spectrometry, and the fluxes were calculated using vertical concentration profiles and the surface layer profile method connected to the Monin-Obukhov similarity theory. In total fluxes that differed significantly from zero on a monthly basis were observed for 13 out of 27 measured masses. Monoterpenes had the highest net emission in all seasons and statistically significant positive fluxes were detected from March until October. Other important compounds emitted were methanol, ethanol+formic acid, acetone and isoprene+methylbutenol. Oxygenated VOCs showed also deposition fluxes that were statistically different from zero. Isoprene+methylbutenol and monoterpene fluxes followed well the traditional isoprene algorithm and the hybrid algorithm, respectively. Emission potentials of monoterpenes were largest in late spring and autumn which was possibly driven by growth processes and decaying of soil litter, respectively. Conversely, largest emission potentials of isoprene+methylbutenol were found in July. Thus, we concluded that most of the emissions of m/z 69 at the site consisted of isoprene that originated from broadleaved trees. Methanol had deposition fluxes especially before sunrise. This can be connected to water films on surfaces. Based on this assumption, we were able to build an empirical algorithm for bi-directional methanol exchange that described both emission term and deposition term. Methanol emissions were highest in May and June and deposition level increased towards autumn, probably as a result of increasing relative humidity levels leading to predominance of deposition.

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