Gaseous and particulate water-soluble organic and inorganic nitrogen in rural air in southern Scotland
Gonzalez Benitez, Juan M.; Cape, J. Neil; Heal, Mathew R.. 2010 Gaseous and particulate water-soluble organic and inorganic nitrogen in rural air in southern Scotland. Atmospheric Environment, 44 (12). 1506-1514. 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2010.01.016Before downloading, please read NORA policies.
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Simultaneous daily measurements of water-soluble organic nitrogen (WSON), ammonium and nitrate were made between July and November 2008 at a rural location in south-east Scotland, using a ‘Cofer’nebulizing sampler for the gas phase and collection on an open-face PTFE membrane for the particle phase. Average concentrations of NH3 were 82 +/- 17 nmol N m-3 (error is s.d. of triplicate samples), while oxidised N concentrations in the gas phase (from trapping NO2 and HNO3) were smaller, at 2.6 +/- 1 2.2 nmol N m-3, and gas-phase WSON concentrations were 18 +/- 11 nmol N m-3. The estimated collection efficiency of the nebulizing samplers for the gas phase was 88 (+/-8) % for NH3, 37 (+/-16) % for NO2 and 57 (+/-7) % for WSON; reported average concentrations have not been corrected for sampling efficiency. Concentrations in the particle phase were smaller, except for nitrate, at 21 +/- 9, 10 +/- 6 and 8 +/- 9 nmol N m-3, respectively. The absence of correlation in either phase between WSON and either (NH3 + NH4+) or NO3- concentrations suggests atmospheric WSON has diverse sources. During wet days, concentrations of gas and particle-phase inorganic N were lower than on dry days, whereas the converse was true for WSON. These data represent the first reports of simultaneous measurements of gas and particle phase water-soluble nitrogen compounds in rural air on a daily basis, and show that WSON occurs in both phases, contributing 20-25% of the total water-soluble nitrogen in air, in good agreement with earlier data on the contribution of WSON to total dissolved N in rainfall in the UK.
|Item Type:||Publication - Article|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1016/j.atmosenv.2010.01.016|
|Programmes:||CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 onwards > Biogeochemistry
CEH Programmes pre-2009 publications > Biogeochemistry > BG01 Measuring and modelling trace gas, aerosol and carbon
|Additional Keywords:||Cofer sampler, water-soluble organic nitrogen, DON, reactive nitrogen|
|NORA Subject Terms:||Ecology and Environment
|Date made live:||20 Apr 2010 15:01|
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