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[Gros2011] Gros, V., C. Gaimoz, F. Herrmann, T. Custer, J. Williams, B. Bonsang, S. Sauvage, N. Locoge, O. d'Argouges, R. Sarda-Esteve, et al., "Volatile organic compounds sources in Paris in spring 2007. Part I: qualitative analysis", Environmental Chemistry, vol. 8, no. 1: CSIRO, pp. 74–90, 2011.
High-time-resolution measurements of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) were performed in the Paris city centre in spring 2007. The studied region was influenced mainly by air masses of two origins: (1) from the Atlantic Ocean, and (2) from north-eastern Europe. Although the baseline levels (i.e. those not influenced by local emissions) of non-methane hydrocarbons (NMHC) and CO were only slightly impacted by changes in the air-mass origin, oxygenated compounds such as acetone and methanol showed much higher baseline levels in continentally influenced air masses. This suggests that NMHC and CO mixing ratios were mainly influenced by local-to-regional-scale sources whereas oxygenated compounds had a more significant continental-scale contribution. This highlights the importance of measuring VOCs instead of NMHC alone in source classification studies. The period of Atlantic air influence was used to characterise local pollution, which was dominated by traffic-related emissions, although traffic represents the source of only one third of total VOCs emissions in the local inventory. In addition to traffic-related sources, additional sources were identified; in particular, emissions from dry-cleaning activities were identified by the use of a specific tracer (i.e. tetrachloroethylene).
[Colomb2009] Colomb, A., V. Gros, S. Alvain, R. Sarda-Esteve, B. Bonsang, C. Moulin, T. Klüpfel, and J. Williams, "Variation of atmospheric volatile organic compounds over the Southern Indian Ocean (30–49 S)", Environmental Chemistry, vol. 6, no. 1: CSIRO, pp. 70–82, 2009.
Considering its size and potential importance, the ocean is poorly characterised in terms of volatile organic compounds (VOC) that play important roles in global atmospheric chemistry. In order to better understand their potential sources and sinks over the Southern Indian Austral Ocean, shipborne measurements of selected species were made during the MANCHOT campaign during December 2004, on board the research vessel Marion Dufresne. Along the transect La Réunion to Kerguelen Island, air measurements of selected VOC (including dimethylsulfide (DMS) isoprene, carbonyls and organohalogens), carbon monoxide and ozone were performed, crossing subtropical, temperate and sub-Antarctic waters as well as pronounced subtropical and sub-Antarctic oceanic fronts. The remote marine boundary layer was characterised at latitudes 45–50°S. Oceanic fronts were associated with enhanced chlorophyll and biological activity in the seawater and elevated DMS and organohalogens in the atmosphere. These were compared with a satellite-derived phytoplankton distribution (PHYSAT). Diurnal variation for isoprene, terpenes, acetone and acetaldehyde was observed, analogously to recent results observed in mesocosm experiments.
[Colomb2006] Colomb, A., J. Williams, J. Crowley, V. Gros, R. Hofmann, G. Salisbury, T. Klüpfel, R. Kormann, A. Stickler, C. Forster, et al., "Airborne measurements of trace organic species in the upper troposphere over Europe: the impact of deep convection", Environmental Chemistry, vol. 3, no. 4: CSIRO, pp. 244–259, 2006.
The volume mixing ratios of several organic trace gases and ozone (O3) were measured in the upper troposphere over Europe during the UTOPIHAN-ACT aircraft campaign in July 2003. The organic trace gases included alkanes, isoprene, aromatics, iodomethane, and trichloroethylene, oxygenates such as acetone, methanol, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, and longer-lived tracer species such as chlorofluorocarbons and halochloroflurocarbons. The aim of the UTOPIHAN-ACT project was to study the chemical impact of deep convection on the continental upper troposphere. A Lear Jet aircraft, based in Germany, was flown at heights between 6 and 13 km in the region 59°N–42°N to 7°W–13°E during July 2003. Overall, the convectively influenced measurements presented here show a weaker variability lifetime dependence of trace gases than similar measurements collected over the Mediterranean region under more stable high-pressure conditions. Several cases of convective outflow are identified by the elevated mixing ratios of organic species relative to quiescent background conditions, with both biogenic and anthropogenic influences detectable in the upper troposphere. Enhancement at higher altitudes, notably of species with relatively short chemical lifetimes such as benzene, toluene, and even isoprene indicates deep convection over short timescales during summertime. The impact of deep convection on the local upper tropospheric formaldehyde and HOx budgets is assessed.

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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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