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  • Rantala, P.; Aalto, J.; Taipale, R.; Ruuskanen, T. M.; Rinne, J. (2015)
    Long-term flux measurements of volatile organic compounds (VOC) over boreal forests are rare, although the forests are known to emit considerable amounts of VOCs into the atmosphere. Thus, we measured fluxes of several VOCs and oxygenated VOCs over a Scots-pine-dominated boreal forest semi-continuously between May 2010 and December 2013. The VOC profiles were obtained with a proton transfer reaction mass spectrometry, and the fluxes were calculated using vertical concentration profiles and the surface layer profile method connected to the Monin-Obukhov similarity theory. In total fluxes that differed significantly from zero on a monthly basis were observed for 13 out of 27 measured masses. Monoterpenes had the highest net emission in all seasons and statistically significant positive fluxes were detected from March until October. Other important compounds emitted were methanol, ethanol+ formic acid, acetone and isoprene+ methylbutenol. Oxygenated VOCs showed also deposition fluxes that were statistically different from zero. Isoprene+ methylbutenol and monoterpene fluxes followed well the traditional isoprene algorithm and the hybrid algorithm, respectively. Emission potentials of monoterpenes were largest in late spring and autumn which was possibly driven by growth processes and decaying of soil litter, respectively. Conversely, largest emission potentials of isoprene+ methylbutenol were found in July. Thus, we concluded that most of the emissions of m/z 69 at the site consisted of isoprene that originated from broadleaved trees. Methanol had deposition fluxes especially before sunrise. This can be connected to water films on surfaces. Based on this assumption, we were able to build an empirical algorithm for bi-directional methanol exchange that described both emission term and deposition term. Methanol emissions were highest in May and June and deposition level increased towards autumn, probably as a result of increasing relative humidity levels leading to predominance of deposition.
  • Schallhart, Simon; Rantala, Pekka Antti Ilmari; Kajos, Maija Karoliina; Aalto, Juho Antton; Mammarella, Ivan; Ruuskanen, Taina Maria; Kulmala, Markku Tapio (2018)
    Between April and June 2013 fluxes of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) were measured in a Scots pine and Norway spruce forest using the eddy covariance (EC) method with a proton transfer reaction time-of-flight (PTR-TOF) mass spectrometer. The observations were performed above a boreal forest at the SMEAR II site in southern Finland. We found a total of 25 different compounds with exchange and investigated their seasonal variations from spring to summer. The majority of the net VOC flux was comprised of methanol, monoterpenes, acetone and butene + butanol. The butene + butanol emissions were concluded to not originate from the forest and, therefore, be anthropogenic. The VOC exchange followed a seasonal trend and the emissions increased from spring to summer. Only three compounds were emitted during the snowmelt while in summer emissions of some 19 VOCs were observed. During the measurement period in April, the emissions were dominated by butene + butanol, while during the start of the growing season and in summer, methanol was the most emitted compound. The main source of methanol was likely the growth of new biomass. During a 21-day period in June, the net VOC flux was 2.1 nmolm 2 s(-1). This is on the lower end of PTR-TOF flux measurements from other ecosystems, which range from 2 to 10 nmolm 2 s(-1). The EC flux results were compared with surface layer profile measurements, using a proton transfer reaction quadrupole mass spectrometer, which is perman