Articles | Volume 9, issue 15
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 9, 5447–5459, 2009

Special issue: European Integrated Project on Aerosol-Cloud-Climate and Air...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 9, 5447–5459, 2009

  03 Aug 2009

03 Aug 2009

Day-time concentrations of biogenic volatile organic compounds in a boreal forest canopy and their relation to environmental and biological factors

H. K. Lappalainen1,2, S. Sevanto2, J. Bäck3, T. M. Ruuskanen2, P. Kolari3, R. Taipale2, J. Rinne2, M. Kulmala2, and P. Hari3 H. K. Lappalainen et al.
  • 1Finnish Meteorological Institute, P. O. Box 503, 00101 Helsinki, Finland
  • 2Department of Physics, P. O. Box 64, 00014 University of Helsinki, Finland
  • 3Department of Forest Ecology, P. O. Box 27, 00014 University of Helsinki, Finland

Abstract. Atmospheric concentrations of methanol, acetaldehyde, acetone, isoprene and monoterpenes were measured using PTR-MS (proton transfer reaction mass spectrometry) in a boreal forest site in Hyytiälä, Finland (61°51' N, 24°17' E). The concentration measurements were made in the upper canopy of a Scots pine forest during 6 June, 2006–31 August, 2007. Meteorological variables such as temperature and photosynthetically active radiation were measured simultaneously. We also detected biologically sensitive turnover points such as the onsets of photosynthetic activity, onset of growing season, bud burst and stem growth during the annual cycle and compared them to changes in BVOC (biogenic volatile organic compound) concentrations. A typical seasonal pattern of winter minimum and summer maximum was found for all studied compounds except acetaldehyde. Spring time methanol and acetone concentrations increased together with photosynthetic capacity. The day-time daily median BVOC concentrations correlated best with air temperature. The intercorrelations between compounds and the analysis of meteorological conditions indicated that the measured concentrations presented well the local source. During an exceptional summer drought period the concentrations were neither connected with photosynthesis nor transpiration, but they were regulated by some other, yet unknown factors.

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