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[Bon2011] Bon, DM., IM. Ulbrich, JA. de Gouw, C. Warneke, WC. Kuster, ML. Alexander, A. Baker, AJ. Beyersdorf, D. Blake, R. Fall, et al., "Measurements of volatile organic compounds at a suburban ground site (T1) in Mexico City during the MILAGRO 2006 campaign: measurement comparison, emission ratios, and source attribution", Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, vol. 11, no. 6: Copernicus GmbH, pp. 2399–2421, 2011.
Volatile organic compound (VOC) mixing ratios were measured with two different instruments at the T1 ground site in Mexico City during the Megacity Initiative: Local and Global Research Observations (MILAGRO) campaign in March of 2006. A gas chromatograph with flame ionization detector (GC-FID) quantified 18 light alkanes, alkenes and acetylene while a proton-transfer-reaction ion-trap mass spectrometer (PIT-MS) quantified 12 VOC species including oxygenated VOCs (OVOCs) and aromatics. A GC separation system was used in conjunction with the PIT-MS (GC-PIT-MS) to evaluate PIT-MS measurements and to aid in the identification of unknown VOCs. The VOC measurements are also compared to simultaneous canister samples and to two independent proton-transfer-reaction mass spectrometers (PTR-MS) deployed on a mobile and an airborne platform during MILAGRO. VOC diurnal cycles demonstrate the large influence of vehicle traffic and liquid propane gas (LPG) emissions during the night and photochemical processing during the afternoon. Emission ratios for VOCs and OVOCs relative to CO are derived from early-morning measurements. Average emission ratios for non-oxygenated species relative to CO are on average a factor of  2 higher than measured for US cities. Emission ratios for OVOCs are estimated and compared to literature values the northeastern US and to tunnel studies in California. Positive matrix factorization analysis (PMF) is used to provide insight into VOC sources and processing. Three PMF factors were distinguished by the analysis including the emissions from vehicles, the use of liquid propane gas and the production of secondary VOCs + long-lived species. Emission ratios to CO calculated from the results of PMF analysis are compared to emission ratios calculated directly from measurements. The total PIT-MS signal is summed to estimate the fraction of identified versus unidentified VOC species.
[Laat2001] de Laat, ATJ., JA. de Gouw, J. Lelieveld, and A. Hansel, "Model analysis of trace gas measurements and pollution impact during INDOEX", Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres (1984–2012), vol. 106, no. D22: Wiley Online Library, pp. 28469–28480, 2001.
An analysis of acetone (CH3COCH3) and acetonitrile (CH3CN) measurements, performed during the Indian Ocean Experiment (INDOEX), using a chemistry general circulation model is presented. A comparison with measurements indicates that the model simulates realistic CO and acetone distributions, except toward the Indian west coast near the surface. The latter may be related to a sea breeze circulation at the Indian west coast, which is not resolved by the model. A comparison of the measured and modeled correlation between CO and acetone indicates the presence of a background marine acetone source. A model sensitivity study suggests a global marine emission strength of 15-20 Tg acetone yr-1, which is a significant contribution to the estimated global acetone source of 56 (37-80) Tg acetone yr-1. The comparison of measured and modeled CO-acetonitrile correlation from surface measurements indicates that a model sink of acetonitrile in the marine boundary layer is missing. A model sensitivity study suggests that this could be dry deposition (deposition velocity estimate: 0.01-0.05 cms-1) on the ocean surface. A comparison of measured and modeled tropospheric acetonitrile indicates that the model overestimates the free tropospheric acetonitrile mixing ratios up to a factor of 3, which points to a missing free tropospheric sink of acetonitrile in the model. A possible explanation may be stratospheric loss and subsequent stratosphere-troposphere exchange, which was not included in the model.

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F. Biasioli, C. Yeretzian, F. Gasperi, T. D. Märk: PTR-MS monitoring of VOCs and BVOCs in food science and technology, Trends in Analytical Chemistry 30 (7) (2011).

J. de Gouw, C. Warneke, T. Karl, G. Eerdekens, C. van der Veen, R. Fall: Measurement of Volatile Organic Compounds in the Earth's Atmosphere using Proton-Transfer-Reaction Mass Spectrometry. Mass Spectrometry Reviews, 26 (2007), 223-257.

W. Lindinger, A. Hansel, A. Jordan: Proton-transfer-reaction mass spectrometry (PTR–MS): on-line monitoring of volatile organic compounds at pptv levels, Chem. Soc. Rev. 27 (1998), 347-375.


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