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Monthly averages Reproduced from ref. Good agreement between measured and modelled [OH] may occur fortuitously if the rate of production from missing OH sources counterbalances the rate of destruction from missing OH sinks on the RHS of eqn E4. In such cases, field measurements have not provided an adequate test of the level of understanding of the underlying chemistry.
Not surprisingly, the advent of new techniques and updated instrumentation has meant that more and more species are being measured, with halogen oxides and oxygenated volatile organic compounds being two striking examples. Unsurprisingly, there are several examples in the literature where erroneous conclusions were drawn from the level of agreement between measurements and models for OH because of key missing measurements which were not recognized at the time.
Relationship between Addition and Subtraction
These errors often only become evident when measurements are repeated at the same location with a more comprehensive set of model-constraining measurements. More recently, measurements of the OH reactivity,have enabled a deeper understanding of the OH budget, as comparison with a model calculation allows direct examination of the degree of missing sinks in the model.
OH reactivity measurements are now fairly routine, with several instruments worldwide based on three techniques used for the direct measurement of in both urban 8,9 and forested environments, 10—12,16—18 where significant missing sinks for OH have been reported.
The atmosphere contains thousands of trace level VOCs, and as carbon number increases, it becomes ever more challenging to measure and identify these.
Very recently, Kato et al. This is a powerful tool, as comparisons can now be made with model calculations of the production rate of OH from co-measured species.
Methanol may adsorb to or dissolve in this surface water and eventually be chemically or biologically removed from it. Management activities in agriculture and forestry are shown to increase local methanol emission by orders of magnitude; they are however neglected at present in global budgets.
Inverse Relationship of Addition and Subtraction
While contemporary net land methanol budgets are overall consistent with the grand mean of the micrometeorological methanol flux measurements, we caution that the present approach of simulating methanol emission and deposition separately is prone to opposing systematic errors and does not allow taking full advantage of the rich information content of micrometeorological flux measurements.
With an atmospheric lifetime of 5—12 days Jacob et al.
It affects atmospheric chemistry as an atmospheric source of formaldehyde Palmer et al. The primary source of atmospheric methanol is emissions from living plants, followed by smaller source contributions from the decay of dead plant matter, biomass burning, direct emissions from anthropogenic activities, the ocean and atmospheric production Seco et al.
The major sink for methanol is oxidation by OH radicals, followed by dry and wet deposition to land and ocean.
Estimates of the global land net flux, i. Much of the knowledge and data embedded into the parameterisation of plant methanol emissions derives from work at the leaf level Galbally and Kirstine, ; Guenther et al.
This circumstance led Galbally and Kirstine to simulate global methanol emissions as a function of net primary productivity NPP that consists of pectin and the fraction thereof which is demethylated during growth, an approach which later has been adopted by others Jacob et al.
While lacking a sound physiological basis, the latter approach is successful in simulating observed variations in methanol emissions due to the fact that methanol emissions are strongly controlled by stomatal conductance, reflecting its low Henry constant Niinemets and Reichstein, ; Harley et al. Stomatal conductance, in the absence of soil water limitations, tracks diurnal variations in light and temperature, which in turn correlate with diurnal methanol emissions e.