Articles | Volume 12, issue 6
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 3123–3135, 2019
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 3123–3135, 2019

Research article 13 Jun 2019

Research article | 13 Jun 2019

A sampler for atmospheric volatile organic compounds by copter unmanned aerial vehicles

Karena A. McKinney et al.

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Volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions influence air quality and particulate distributions, particularly in major source regions such as the Amazon. A sampler for collecting VOCs from an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is described. Field tests of its performance and an initial example data set collected in the Amazon are also presented. The low cost, ease of use, and maneuverability of UAVs give this method the potential to significantly advance knowledge of the spatial distribution of VOCs.