Oxidant and particle photochemical processes above a South-East Asian tropical rain forest (OP3-Danum-08)

Lead Research Organisation: Lancaster University
Department Name: Environmental Science


In this project we will integrate ground-based and airborne field measurements of surface fluxes and atmospheric composition of reactive trace gases and particles with modelling studies of chemical processes in a protected forest area of Sabah, East Malaysia, to better understand how a south-east Asian rain forest contributes to the formation of ozone and particles in the lower atmosphere. We will do this using a Consortium of eight of the leading members of the UK's Distributed Institute for Atmospheric Composition, utilising the UK's Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurement's BAe 146 research aircraft, the resources of the UK's University Facility for Atmospheric Measurements, the Malaysian Meteorological Service's Global Atmospheric Watch station at Bukit Atur, Sabah, Malaysia, and the Royal Society of London-supported Danum Valley Field Centre. We will bring significant added-value to NERC resources by the active participation of international collaborators.


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Fowler D (2011) Effects of land use on surface-atmosphere exchanges of trace gases and energy in Borneo: comparing fluxes over oil palm plantations and a rainforest. in Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences

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Hamilton J (2013) Linking biogenic hydrocarbons to biogenic aerosol in the Borneo rainforest in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics

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Hewitt CN (2009) Nitrogen management is essential to prevent tropical oil palm plantations from causing ground-level ozone pollution. in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

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MacKenzie AR (2011) The atmospheric chemistry of trace gases and particulate matter emitted by different land uses in Borneo. in Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences

Description Tropical land use change can lead to changes in atmospheric composition.
Exploitation Route By publication - ongoing
Sectors Environment