Atmospheric ammonia exchange on a heathland in Denmark

Birgitte Hansen, Per Nørnberg, Keld Rømer Rasmussen

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Passive flux samplers were used to determine the ammonia exchange on an inland heath in Denmark over the last 2 years. The samplers measured the horizontal ammonia flux directly. Data were sampled continuously for periods of 1-4 weeks. The micro-meteorological gradient method was used with passive flux samplers and cup anemometers at different heights above the vegetation in order to calculate the vertical fluxes of ammonia. First a fixed sampler system was used with tubes mounted in four orthogonal horizontal directions. This system has been successfully applied to measure the emission from fertilized crops. Adapting this type of sampler to measure the deposition to heathlands did not prove to be straightforward. The precision of the calculated ammonia concentrations was too poor to give an acceptable accuracy for the concentration gradient. The problems were (a) driving rain which entered the tubes,(b) too few measuring points in each concentration profile, and (c) too long sampling periods to allow for the low-concentration levels above the heath area and the detection limits. Therefore, a passive flux sampler mounted on a wind vane and fitted with a rain shelter was developed. Results from the first 5 weekly periods are very promising, yielding accurate concentration gradients. The advantages of the passive flux samplers on the wind vane are (a) the minimum measuring period can be approximately halved compared to the fixed samplers, (b) some of the directional correction terms used with the fixed passive flux samplers are dispensed with, and (c) the field and laboratory work is minimized.

Sider (fra-til)461-464
Antal sider4
TidsskriftAtmospheric Environment
Udgave nummer3
StatusUdgivet - 1 feb. 1998
Udgivet eksterntJa
BegivenhedProceedings of the 1995 International Conference on Atmospheric Ammonia: Emissions, Deposition and Environmental Impacts - Culham, UK
Varighed: 2 okt. 19954 okt. 1995


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