Skip to main content

Ralf Koppmann – 2005

December 7, 2005 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Senate Chamber, N940, Ross Building, York University

Title: The Forest as the chemical reactor – Results of the Echo Project.

Abstract: In this lecture, Dr. Ralf Koppmann will provide an overview of a unique research project known as Emission and Chemical Transformation of Biogenic Volatile Organic Compounds, or ECHO. Koppmann will highlight the results of the field and simulation experiments conducted during the ECHO project. The goal of the ECHO project was to provide a better understanding of forest stands as a complex source of reactive trace gases into the troposphere. Forests are complex sources of biogenic volatile organic compounds (VOC) in the planetary boundary layer of the atmosphere. Previous studies estimate that global emissions of these compounds are five to 10 times higher than man-made emissions. These biogenic compounds have a significant impact on the formation of photo-oxidants in the troposphere. Since these compounds can travel quickly up through the atmosphere, they may have an impact on the chemistry of the upper troposphere. Altogether, the impact of biogenic VOC on tropospheric photochemistry, air quality, and the formation of secondary products affecting the earth’s climate on a regional and global scale, is not well understood. Brochure - Y-File Article

Updated on August 6th, 2014.