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Canopy level fluxes of 2-methyl-3-buten-2-ol, acetone, and methanol by a portable relaxed eddy accumulation system.

  • Author(s): Baker, B
  • Guenther, A
  • Greenberg, J
  • et al.

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https://doi.org/10.1021/es001007jCreative Commons 'BY' version 4.0 license
Abstract

Canopy level flux measurements of 2-methyl-3-buten-2-ol (MBO), acetone, and methanol were made over a subalpine forest in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado in the summer of 1999. The measurements were carried out using a portable relaxed eddy accumulation system that collected samples on adsorbent cartridges. Midday fluxes of acetone were highest at approximately 2.5 mg of C m-2 h-1. Methanol and MBO fluxes were approximately 1.0 mg of C m-2 h-1 each. These fluxes occurred with average daytime high temperatures of only 18 degrees C. Diurnal fluxes of MBO were strongly correlated with light and temperature. Acetone and methanol did not have simple diurnal patterns. These results indicate that oxygenated volatile organic compounds may make a significant contribution to the flux of reactive carbon to the atmosphere in western U.S. pine forests.

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