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ID: 206553.0, MPI für Kernphysik / Physics of Atmospheric Molecular Processes
Measurements of organic gases during aerosol formation events in the boreal forest atmosphere during QUEST
Authors:Sellegri, Karine; Hanke, Markus; Umann, Bernd; Kulmala, Markku
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2005-02-08
Title of Journal:Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics
Journal Abbrev.:Atmos. Chem. Phys.
Start Page:373
End Page:384
Copyright:© European Geosciences Union 2004
Review Status:Peer-review
Audience:Experts Only
Abstract / Description:Biogenic VOCs are important in the growth and possibly also in the early stages of formation of atmospheric aerosol particles. In this work, we present 10 min-time resolution
measurements of organic trace gases at Hyytiälä, Finland
during March 2002. The measurements were part of the project QUEST (Quantification of Aerosol Nucleation in the European Boundary Layer) and took place during a twoweek period when nucleation events occurred with various intensities nearly every day. Using a ground-based Chemical Ionization Mass Spectrometer (CIMS) instrument, the following trace gases were detected: acetone, TMA, DMA, mass 68 amu (candidate=isoprene), monoterpenes, methyl vinyl ketone (MVK) and methacrolein (MaCR) and monoterpene oxidation products (MTOP). For all of them except for the amines, we present daily variations during different classes of nucleation events, and non-event days. BVOC oxidation
products (MVK, MaCR and MTOP) show a higher ratio to the CS on event days compared to non-event days, indicating that their abundance relative to the surface of aerosol available is higher on nucleation days. Moreover, BVOC oxidation
products are found to show significant correlations with the condensational sink (CS) on nucleation event days,
which indicates that they are representative of less volatile organic compounds that contribute to the growth of the nucleated particles and generally secondary organic aerosol formation. Behaviors of BVOC on event and non event days are compared to the behavior of CO.
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Article
Affiliations:MPI für Kernphysik/Group K. Mauersberger/Atmospheric Trace Gas Environmental Physics (F. Arnold)
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