Journal article

Temperature response of the submicron organic aerosol from temperate forests

Observations from four periods (three late springs and one early summer) at temperate forest sites in western and eastern Canada offer the first estimation of how the concentrations of submicron forest organic aerosol mass (SFOM) from the oxidation of biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOC) vary over the ambient temperature range of 7 °C to 34 °C. For the measurement conditions of clear skies, low oxides of nitrogen and within approximately one day of emissions, 50 estimates of SFOM concentrations show the concentrations increase exponentially with temperature. The model that is commonly used to define terpene emissions as a function of temperature is able to constrain the range of the SFOM values across the temperature range. The agreement of the observations and model is improved through the application of an increased yield of SFOM as the organic mass concentration increases with temperature that is based on results from chamber studies. The large range of SFOM concentrations at higher temperatures leaves open a number of questions, including the relative contributions of changing yield and of isoprene, that may be addressed by more ambient observations at higher temperatures. © 2011.


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