Articles | Volume 11, issue 15
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 7943–7953, 2011
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 7943–7953, 2011

Research article 05 Aug 2011

Research article | 05 Aug 2011

Methane flux, vertical gradient and mixing ratio measurements in a tropical forest

C. A. S. Querino1,2, C. J. P. P. Smeets1, I. Vigano1, R. Holzinger1, V. Moura3, L. V. Gatti4, A. Martinewski4, A. O. Manzi3, A. C. de Araújo3,5, and T. Röckmann1 C. A. S. Querino et al.
  • 1Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research Utrecht, Utrecht University, Princetonplein 5, 3584 CC, Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • 2Universidade Federal do Amazonas (UFAM), Instituto de Educação, Agricultura e Ambiente (IEAA), Campus Vale do Rio Madeira, Rua 29 de Agosto, Centro, Humaitá – AM, Cep – 69800-000, Brazil
  • 3Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia (INPA), Large Scale Biosphere-Atmosphere Experiment in Amazonia (LBA), Avenida André Araújo, 2936 – Aleixo, Manaus, CEP 69060-000, Brazil
  • 4Instituto de Pesquisa Energéticas e Nucleares (IPEN), Lab. Química Atmosférica (CQMA), Av. Prof. Lineu Prestes, 2242, Cidade Universitaria, Sao Paulo – SP, CEP 05508-900, Brazil
  • 5Embrapa Amazônia Oriental, Tv. Dr. Enéas Pinheiro, s/n, Marco, Caixa postal 48, Belém, PA, CEP 66095-100, Brazil

Abstract. Measurements of CH4 mixing ratio, vertical gradients and turbulent fluxes were carried out in a tropical forest (Reserva Biológica Cuieiras), about 60 km north of Manaus, Brazil. The methane mixing ratio and flux measurements were performed at a height of 53 m (canopy height 35 m). In addition, vertical CH4 gradients were measured within the canopy using custom made air samplers at levels of 2, 16 and 36 m above ground. The methane gradients within the canopy reveal that there is a continuous methane source at the surface. No clear evidence for aerobic methane emission from the canopy was found. The methane fluxes above the canopy are small but consistently upwards with a maximum early in the morning. The measured fluxes are in agreement with the observed CH4 gradient in the canopy. In the morning hours, a strong canopy venting peak is observed for both CH4 and CO2, but for CO2 this peak is then superimposed by photosynthetic uptake, whereas the peak lasts longer for CH4. Monthly averaged diurnal cycles of the CH4 mixing ratio show a decrease during daytime and increase during nighttime. The magnitude of the difference in CH4 mixing ratio between day and night gradually increases throughout the wet season. The fluxes required to explain the nighttime increase are in agreement with the nighttime fluxes measured above the canopy, which implies that the CH4 increase in the nighttime boundary layer originates from local sources.

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