Articles | Volume 8, issue 6
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 8, 2301–2313, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-8-2301-2015
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 8, 2301–2313, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-8-2301-2015

Research article 04 Jun 2015

Research article | 04 Jun 2015

A method for stable carbon isotope ratio and concentration measurements of ambient aromatic hydrocarbons

A. Kornilova et al.

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A technique for compound specific analysis of stable carbon isotope ratios and concentration of ambient volatile organic compounds (VOC) is presented. It is based on selective VOC sampling onto adsorbent filled cartridges. Examples of measurements conducted demonstrate that the ability to make accurate measurements in air with low VOC mixing ratios is important to avoid bias from an overrepresentation of samples that are strongly impacted by recent emissions.