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Volatile organic compound (VOC) emission from an orange field was measured in the frame of two field campaigns carried out in Burriana (Spain) during the summer and spring season. The potential emission fluxes were scaled from enclosing the major emission sources (ie branches and soils of different orange varieties present in the fetch seen by micrometeorological measurements). Concurrently the real fluxes of biogenic VOC above the orange orchard were determined by relaxed eddy accumulation. A comparison between emission rates and fluxes indicated that substantial removal of b-caryophyllene and linalool occurred during transport of orange emission from the canopy into the atmospheric boundary layer. While within-canopy removal of the sesquiterpene component is fully consistent with laboratory studies indicating high reactivity toward OH radicals and ozone, linalool losses are more difficult to explain. Although high fluxes of acetone suggest linalool decomposition by gas-phase reactivity, removal by heterogeneous chemistry and/or deposition cannot be ruled out.

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Authors: CICCIOLI P ET AT, Istituto sull'Inquinamento Atmosferico del CNR, Rome (IT);VALENTINI R ET AL, Università della Tuscia, Dipartimento di Scienze dell'Ambiente Forestale e delle sue Risorse, Viterbo (IT);SEUFERT G ET AL, JRC Ispra (IT);LENZ R, F H Nurtingen (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Journal of Geophysical Research
Record Number: 199810591 / Last updated on: 1998-05-12
Original language: en
Available languages: en