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Total Observed Organic Carbon (TOOC): A synthesis of North American observations

Heald, C. L. and Goldstein, A. H. and Allan, J. D. and Aiken, A. C. and Apel, E. and Atlas, E. L. and Baker, A. K. and Bates, T. S. and Beyersdorf, A. J. and Blake, D. R. and Campos, T. and Coe, H. and Crounse, J. D. and DeCarlo, P. F. and de Gouw, J. A. and Dunlea, E. J. and Flocke, F. M. and Fried, A. and Goldan, P. and Griffin, R. J. and Herndon, S. C. and Holloway, J. S. and Holzinger, R. and Jimenez, J. L. and Junkermann, W. and Kuster, W. C. and Lewis, A. C. and Meinardi, S. and Millet, D. B. and Onasch, T. and Polidori, A. and Quinn, P. K. and Riemer, D. D. and Roberts, J. M. and Salcedo, D. and Sive, B. and Swanson, A. L. and Talbot, R. and Warneke, C. and Weber, R. J. and Weibring, P. and Wennberg, P. O. and Wittig, A. E. and Zhang, R. and Zheng, J. and Zheng, W. (2007) Total Observed Organic Carbon (TOOC): A synthesis of North American observations. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions, 7 (6). pp. 17825-17871. ISSN 1680-7367.

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Measurements of organic carbon compounds in both the gas and particle phases measured upwind, over and downwind of North America are synthesized to examine the total observed organic carbon (TOOC) over this region. These include measurements made aboard the NOAA WP-3 and BAe-146 aircraft, the NOAA research vessel Ronald H. Brown, and at the Thompson Farm and Chebogue Point surface sites during the summer 2004 ICARTT campaign. Both winter and summer 2002 measurements during the Pittsburgh Air Quality Study are also included. Lastly, the spring 2002 observations at Trinidad Head, CA, surface measurements made in March 2006 in Mexico City and coincidentally aboard the C-130 aircraft during the MILAGRO campaign and later during the IMPEX campaign off the northwestern United States are incorporated. Concentrations of TOOC in these datasets span more than two orders of magnitude. The daytime mean TOOC ranges from 4.0 to 456 μgC m^−3 from the cleanest site (Trinidad Head) to the most polluted (Mexico City). Organic aerosol makes up 3–17% of this mean TOOC, with highest fractions reported over the northeastern United States, where organic aerosol can comprise up to 50% of TOOC. Carbon monoxide concentrations explain 46 to 86% of the variability in TOOC, with highest TOOC/CO slopes in regions with fresh anthropogenic influence, where we also expect the highest degree of mass closure for TOOC. Correlation with isoprene, formaldehyde, methyl vinyl ketene and methacrolein also indicates that biogenic activity contributes substantially to the variability of TOOC, yet these tracers of biogenic oxidation sources do not explain the variability in organic aerosol observed over North America. We highlight the critical need to develop measurement techniques to routinely detect total gas phase VOCs, and to deploy comprehensive suites of TOOC instruments in diverse environments to quantify the ambient evolution of organic carbon from source to sink.

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Additional Information:© Author(s) 2007. This work is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. Received: 26 October 2007 – Accepted: 16 November 2007 – Published: 13 December 2007. This work was supported by the NOAA Postdoctoral Program in Climate and Global Change, administered by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. Field measurements were supported by NOAA (under grants RA133R05SE4459, RA133R04SE0368, NA17RP2632, NA03OAR4600122, NA04OAR4600154 and NA05OAR4600189) NSF (under grants ATM-0449815 and ATM-0513116) and NASA (under grant NNG06GB03G). We thank B. Lerner for providing the CO observations aboard the R/V R. Brown, M. Evans for providing the BAe-146 merged data, R. Cohen and J. Fry for useful discussions and gratefully acknowledge core data from the BAe 146 aircraft provided by the UK Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements.
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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)RA133R05SE4459
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)RA133R04SE0368
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)NA17RP2632
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)NA03OAR4600122
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)NA04OAR4600154
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)NA05OAR4600189
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Official Citation:Heald, C. L., Goldstein, A. H., Allan, J. D., Aiken, A. C., Apel, E., Atlas, E. L., Baker, A. K., Bates, T. S., Beyersdorf, A. J., Blake, D. R., Campos, T., Coe, H., Crounse, J. D., DeCarlo, P. F., de Gouw, J. A., Dunlea, E. J., Flocke, F. M., Fried, A., Goldan, P., Griffin, R. J., Herndon, S. C., Holloway, J. S., Holzinger, R., Jimenez, J. L., Junkermann, W., Kuster, W. C., Lewis, A. C., Meinardi, S., Millet, D. B., Onasch, T., Polidori, A., Quinn, P. K., Riemer, D. D., Roberts, J. M., Salcedo, D., Sive, B., Swanson, A. L., Talbot, R., Warneke, C., Weber, R. J., Weibring, P., Wennberg, P. O., Wittig, A. E., Zhang, R., Zheng, J., and Zheng, W.: Total Observed Organic Carbon (TOOC): A synthesis of North American observations, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 7, 17825-17871, 2007.
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