[Vlasenko2010a] "PTR-TOF-MS measurements of atmospheric VOCs during the CALNEX 2010 campaign",
AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts
, vol. 1, pp. 0097, 2010.
During the CALNEX 2010 study, in-situ volatile organic compounds (VOCs) measurements were made aboard the WHOI research vessel Atlantis by a high resolution proton transfer mass spectrometer (PTR-TOF-MS, Ionicon Analytik). The PTR-TOF-MS was deployed along with a GC-FID system during cruise along the California coast and inside port areas to characterize atmospheric levels and chemical transformation of the extensive set of VOCs in marine boundary layer, in particular, in situations where outflows of pollutants from the major urban centers along the coast occur, and to probe the interactions of the anthropogenic pollutants with marine atmosphere. One minute average scans were collected over a period of 24 days. Several offshore outflow episodes were identified by the increasing mixing ratios of aromatic compounds, such as benzene, toluene and C8-aromatics. Preliminary analysis suggests a relatively rapid removal of these species as a result of photochemical aging over a time scale of hours during sunrise. The observed rates of removal correspond reasonably well with those expected from OH photochemistry. Data demonstrating all of these conclusions will be shown.