Special Issue "Atmospheric Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2020).
Interests: analytical techniques for atmospheric VOC measurements; oil and natural gas production emissions; local and regional air quality; climate change; biogenic emissions; nonmethane hydrocarbons (NMHCs); oxygenated VOCs (OVOCs); organic nitrates; halocarbons; sulfur compounds; gas chromatography; mass spectrometry
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are ubiquitous in the atmosphere and play an important role in determining the composition and chemistry on varying spatial scales. VOCs can have a significant impact on local and regional air quality as their oxidation in the presence of nitrogen oxides leads to tropospheric ozone formation. VOCs also directly and indirectly affect the oxidative capacity of the atmosphere because they can directly influence hydroxyl radical concentrations, thereby influencing the lifetimes of other atmospheric constituents. Oxidation processes affect the distribution and trends of a large variety of trace gases emitted from natural and anthropogenic sources, and VOC oxidation products can partition into the particle phase, becoming a significant component of fine aerosol mass. The impact of oxidation on radiatively important trace gases and particulate formation are also important for radiative forcing and climate. For these reasons, it is critical to understand the individual sources and sinks in the atmosphere that can influence the chemistry and regional distribution of these trace gases.
Scientific findings from the last decade have demonstrated the need for a more comprehensive approach to, and understanding of, both anthropogenic and natural VOC perturbations to the atmosphere, their influence on tropospheric ozone and other photochemical oxidants, and the ultimate effects on human health and ecosystem welfare. Advances in technology and analytical measurement techniques over the past decades have improved our ability to better characterize and accurately quantify atmospheric VOCs at mole fractions of 10-12 or less, and at high temporal resolutions such that instrumentation can be deployed on a wide range of mobile platforms. Biosphere–atmosphere chemical interactions, impacts of oil and natural gas production operations, and wildfire emissions are topics of timely interest concerning atmospheric VOCs. Furthermore, atmospheric variability coupled with the complexity of the chemical cycling for VOCs has facilitated the development of highly sophisticated models to interpret observations, especially for short-lived VOCs, and to evaluate our theoretical understanding of the photochemistry and dynamics of VOC oxidation, and ultimately to predict how future atmospheric composition will change.
As the nature of atmospheric VOCs is highly complex and covers a wide range of disciplines, manuscripts on all aspects of atmospheric VOCs are welcome for this Special Issue.
Dr. Barkley C. Sive
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- volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
- sources, sinks, and atmospheric lifetimes
- secondary organic aerosol formation
- kinetics and photochemistry
- budgets and emission inventories
- oil and natural gas production
- urban and regional pollution
- wildfires, prescribed burns and smoke
- agricultural emissions
- isotope ratios
- biosphere/atmosphere interactions (e.g., fluxes, deposition, impacts, etc.)
- air/sea fluxes
- climate change