There is growing recognition of the importance of biogenic emissions on atmospheric chemistry and air quality within urban air-sheds (especially in cities surrounded by densely forested regions). A collaborative campaign involving the University of Wollongong and the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) will involve running the Biogenic Ambient Atmospheric Sampling System (BAASS) for state-of-the-science measurements of the chemicals emitted by trees (biogenic volatile organic compounds or VOCs).
The campaign will begin in earnest in the coming weeks and will form the prelude to the larger scale International campaign COALA (Characterising Organics and Aerosol Loading in Australia). Find out more here.
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