Emission, exchange, and processes of reactive compounds

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted by terrestrial plants and the ocean phytoplankton. Their ecological and physiological roles are broad and range from stress functions and components of carbon metabolism, and they play important role in atmospheric chemistry, including ozone and aerosol formation. Biogenic aerosols, derived from VOCs, are possibly one of the critical elements in the complex coupling between the climate system and chemical, ecophysiological, and meteorological processes, and may include complex feedbacks among climate and ecosystems via physiological activity and VOCs exchange. Currently, our knowledge of the properties and fluxes of VOCs and the chemical evolution of biological aerosols precursors, their atmospheric processes and the potential climatic impacts is limited. Filling in the knowledge gaps in the different component of the Earth and climate system, requires better fundamental understanding of these processes and feedbacks and their role in atmospheric chemistry and climate. iLEAPS, IGAC, and SOLAS and the iLEAPS-IGAC joint project GEIA (Global Emissions Inventory) all conduct research where the emission, exchange, and processes of reactive compounds such as volatile organics play a major role. The three core projects aim to tighten their collaboration in the near future by developing the observations and modelling of reactive compounds on several scales. 

 
Activities:
 
Joint iLEAPS-IGAC-SOLAS session in the 4th iLEAPS Science Conference "Biogenic emission of reactive gases from terrestrial and marine sources"
Conveners: Dan Yakir, Ilan Koran, Yinon Rudich, Tanja Suni, Emilie Brevière, Megan Melamed, Greg Foster, Leonor Tarrason
12-16 May 2014, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China