Surface–atmosphere fluxes of volatile organic compounds in Beijing

Acton, W. Joe F.; Huang, Zhonghui; Davison, Brian; Drysdale, Will S.; Fu, Pingqing; Hollaway, Michael; Langford, Ben; Lee, James; Liu, Yanhui; Metzger, Stefan; Mullinger, Neil; Nemitz, Eiko; Reeves, Claire E.; Squires, Freya A.; Vaughan, Adam R.; Wang, Xinming; Wang, Zhaoyi; Wild, Oliver; Zhang, Qiang; Zhang, Yanli; Hewitt, C. Nicholas. 2020 Surface–atmosphere fluxes of volatile organic compounds in Beijing [in special issue: In-depth study of air pollution sources and processes within Beijing and its surrounding region (APHH-Beijing) (ACP/AMT inter-journal SI)] Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 20 (23). 15101-15125.

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Mixing ratios of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) were recorded in two field campaigns in central Beijing as part of the Air Pollution and Human Health in a Chinese Megacity (APHH) project. These data were used to calculate, for the first time in Beijing, the surface–atmosphere fluxes of VOCs using eddy covariance, giving a top-down estimation of VOC emissions from a central area of the city. The results were then used to evaluate the accuracy of the Multi-resolution Emission Inventory for China (MEIC). The APHH winter and summer campaigns took place in November and December 2016 and May and June 2017, respectively. The largest VOC fluxes observed were of small oxygenated compounds such as methanol, ethanol + formic acid and acetaldehyde, with average emission rates of 8.31 ± 8.5, 3.97 ± 3.9 and 1.83 ± 2.0 nmol m−2 s−1, respectively, in the summer. A large flux of isoprene was observed in the summer, with an average emission rate of 5.31 ± 7.7 nmol m−2 s−1. While oxygenated VOCs made up 60 % of the molar VOC flux measured, when fluxes were scaled by ozone formation potential and peroxyacyl nitrate (PAN) formation potential the high reactivity of isoprene and monoterpenes meant that these species represented 30 % and 28 % of the flux contribution to ozone and PAN formation potential, respectively. Comparison of measured fluxes with the emission inventory showed that the inventory failed to capture the magnitude of VOC emissions at the local scale.

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UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Atmospheric Chemistry and Effects (Science Area 2017-)
Pollution (Science Area 2017-)
ISSN: 1680-7316
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NORA Subject Terms: Atmospheric Sciences
Date made live: 28 Apr 2020 12:17 +0 (UTC)

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