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Forest-atmosphere BVOC exchange in diverse and structurally complex canopies: 1-D modeling of a mid-successional forest in northern Michigan

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  • Alexander M. Bryan
  • Susan J. Cheng
  • Kirsti Ashworth
  • Alex B. Guenther
  • Brady S. Hardiman
  • Gil Bohrer
  • Allison L. Steiner
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>11/2015
<mark>Journal</mark>Atmospheric Environment
Number of pages10
Pages (from-to)217-226
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date1/09/15
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Foliar emissions of biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOC) important precursors of tropospheric ozone and secondary organic aerosols vary widely by vegetation type. Modeling studies to date typically represent the canopy as a single dominant tree type or a blend of tree types, yet many forests are diverse with trees of varying height. To assess the sensitivity of biogenic emissions to tree height variation, we compare two 1-D canopy model simulations in which BVOC emission potentials are homogeneous or heterogeneous with canopy depth. The heterogeneous canopy emulates the mid-successional forest at the University of Michigan Biological Station (UMBS). In this case, high-isoprene-emitting foliage (e.g., aspen and oak) is constrained to the upper canopy, where higher sunlight availability increases the light-dependent isoprene emission, leading to 34% more isoprene and its oxidation products as compared to the homogeneous simulation. Isoprene declines from aspen mortality are 10% larger when heterogeneity is considered. Overall, our results highlight the importance of adequately representing complexities of forest canopy structure when simulating light-dependent BVOC emissions and chemistry. Published by Elsevier Ltd.