Temperature dependence of factors controlling isoprene emissions

Duncan, B., Y. Yoshida, M. Damon, A. Douglass, and J. C. Witte (2009), Temperature dependence of factors controlling isoprene emissions, Geophys. Res. Lett., 36, L05813, doi:10.1029/2008GL037090.

We investigated the relationship of variability in the formaldehyde (HCHO) columns measured by the Aura Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) to isoprene emissions in the southeastern United States for 2005 – 2007. The data show that the inferred, regional-average isoprene emissions varied by about 22% during summer and are well correlated with temperature, which is known to influence emissions. Part of the correlation with temperature is likely associated with other causal factors that are temperature-dependent. We show that the variations in HCHO are convolved with the temperature dependence of surface ozone, which influences isoprene emissions, and the dependence of the HCHO column to mixed layer height as OMI’s sensitivity to HCHO increases with altitude. Furthermore, we show that while there is an association of drought with the variation in HCHO, drought in the southeastern U.S. is convolved with temperature.

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