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Decreasing Trend in Formaldehyde Detected From 20-Year Record at Wollongong, Southeast Australia

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Abstract


  • The response of atmospheric composition to ongoing environmental change remains poorly constrained across much of the Southern Hemisphere. We use a 20-year record of ground-based total column measurements from Wollongong, southeast Australia to identify a statistically significant decreasing trend in formaldehyde of −1.9 [−2.2, −1.7]%/year. The trend is consistently negative across all months except November. Satellite data indicate that the trend at Wollongong is distinctly local and is superimposed on a regional-scale increase likely driven by changes in methane. In austral summer, coincident changes in hydrogen cyanide suggest that decreases in local biomass burning can only partly explain the observed trend. In the absence of other explanations, we infer that the observed formaldehyde trend is likely driven by decreasing industrial emissions. In November, an observed increasing temperature trend is consistent with an earlier onset of biogenic emissions in the region, driving increased biogenic formaldehyde that counteracts the overall decrease.

Publication Date


  • 2019

Citation


  • Lieschke, K. J., Fisher, J. A., Paton-Walsh, C., Jones, N. B., Greenslade, J. W., Burden, S. & Griffith, D. W.T. (2019). Decreasing Trend in Formaldehyde Detected From 20-Year Record at Wollongong, Southeast Australia. Geophysical Research Letters, Online First 1-10.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85069935362

Ro Full-text Url


  • https://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1869&context=smhpapers1

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers1/855

Number Of Pages


  • 9

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 10

Volume


  • Online First

Place Of Publication


  • United States

Abstract


  • The response of atmospheric composition to ongoing environmental change remains poorly constrained across much of the Southern Hemisphere. We use a 20-year record of ground-based total column measurements from Wollongong, southeast Australia to identify a statistically significant decreasing trend in formaldehyde of −1.9 [−2.2, −1.7]%/year. The trend is consistently negative across all months except November. Satellite data indicate that the trend at Wollongong is distinctly local and is superimposed on a regional-scale increase likely driven by changes in methane. In austral summer, coincident changes in hydrogen cyanide suggest that decreases in local biomass burning can only partly explain the observed trend. In the absence of other explanations, we infer that the observed formaldehyde trend is likely driven by decreasing industrial emissions. In November, an observed increasing temperature trend is consistent with an earlier onset of biogenic emissions in the region, driving increased biogenic formaldehyde that counteracts the overall decrease.

Publication Date


  • 2019

Citation


  • Lieschke, K. J., Fisher, J. A., Paton-Walsh, C., Jones, N. B., Greenslade, J. W., Burden, S. & Griffith, D. W.T. (2019). Decreasing Trend in Formaldehyde Detected From 20-Year Record at Wollongong, Southeast Australia. Geophysical Research Letters, Online First 1-10.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85069935362

Ro Full-text Url


  • https://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1869&context=smhpapers1

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers1/855

Number Of Pages


  • 9

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 10

Volume


  • Online First

Place Of Publication


  • United States