Intercomparison of OH and OH reactivity measurements in a high isoprene and low NO environment during the Southern Oxidant and Aerosol Study (SOAS)

Dianne Sanchez, Daun Jeong, Roger Seco, Ian Wrangham, Jeong Hoo Park, William H. Brune, Abigail Koss, Jessica Gilman, Joost de Gouw, Pawel Misztal, Allen Goldstein, Karsten Baumann, Paul O. Wennberg, Frank N. Keutsch, Alex Guenther, Saewung Kim

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Abstract

We intercompare OH and OH reactivity datasets from two different techniques, chemical ionization mass spectrometry (CIMS) and laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) in a high isoprene and low NO environment in a southeastern US forest during the Southern Oxidant and Aerosol Study (SOAS). An LIF instrument measured OH and OH reactivity at the top of a tower, a CIMS instrument measured OH at the top of the tower, and a CIMS based comparative reactivity method (CRM-CIMS) instrument deployed at the base of the tower measured OH reactivity. Averaged diel variations of OH and OH reactivity from these datasets agree within analytical uncertainty and correlations of LIF versus CIMS for OH and OH reactivity have slopes of 0.65 and 0.97, respectively. However, there are systematic differences between the measurement datasets. The CRM-CIMS measurements of OH reactivity were ∼16% lower than those by the LIF technique in the late afternoon. We speculate that it is caused by losses in the sampling line down to the CRM-CIMS instrument. On the other hand, we could not come up with a reasonable explanation for the difference in the LIF and CIMS OH datasets for early morning and late afternoon when OH is below 1 × 106 molecules cm−3. Nonetheless, results of this intercomparison exercise strengthen previous publications from the field site on OH concentrations and atmospheric reactivity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)227-236
Number of pages10
JournalAtmospheric Environment
Volume174
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2018

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  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Atmospheric Science

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Sanchez, D., Jeong, D., Seco, R., Wrangham, I., Park, J. H., Brune, W. H., Koss, A., Gilman, J., de Gouw, J., Misztal, P., Goldstein, A., Baumann, K., Wennberg, P. O., Keutsch, F. N., Guenther, A., & Kim, S. (2018). Intercomparison of OH and OH reactivity measurements in a high isoprene and low NO environment during the Southern Oxidant and Aerosol Study (SOAS). Atmospheric Environment, 174, 227-236. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2017.10.056