Impact of Short‐Term Climate Variability on Volatile Organic Compounds Emissions Assessed Using OMI Satellite Formaldehyde Observations
Van Roozendael, M.
De Smedt, I.
Earth and related Environmental sciences
MEGAN biogenic model
volatile organic compounds
repsonse of biogenic emissions to climate
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A major feedback between climate and atmospheric chemistry lies in the meteorological dependence of the emissions of biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOCs), precursors of important climate forcers, aerosols, and ozone. Whereas the short‐term response of BVOC emissions to meteorological drivers is fairly well simulated by current emission models, it is yet unclear whether models can faithfully predict their response to climate change, given the scarcity of long observation records of BVOC fluxes. Here we take advantage of the high yield of formaldehyde (HCHO) in the oxidation of VOCs and use a long‐term spaceborne record of HCHO observations in combination with model simulations to show that (i) HCHO interannual variability is primarily driven by climate through its impacts on photochemistry, vegetation fire occurrence, and above all, biogenic emissions and (ii) the HCHO record validates the interannual variability of biogenic emissions calculated by the state‐of‐the‐art Model of Emissions of Gases and Aerosols from Nature (MEGAN) emission model in vegetated regions.
CitationStavrakou, T.; Müller, J.-F.; Bauwens, M.; Van Roozendael, M.; De Smedt, I.; Guenther, A. (2018). Impact of Short‐Term Climate Variability on Volatile Organic Compounds Emissions Assessed Using OMI Satellite Formaldehyde Observations. , Geophysical Research Letters, Vol. 45, Issue 16, 8681-8689, DOI: 10.1029/2018GL078676.