Atmospheric CO2, delta(O-2/N-2) and delta(CO2)-C-13 measurements at Jungfraujoch, Switzerland: results from a flask sampling intercomparison program

I. T. van der Laan-Luijkx, S. van der Laan, C. Uglietti, M. F. Schibig, R. E. M. Neubert, H. A. J. Meijer, W. A. Brand, A. Jordan, J. M. Richter, M. Rothe, M. C. Leuenberger

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Abstract

We present results from an intercomparison program of CO2, delta(O-2/N-2) and delta(CO2)-C-13 measurements from atmospheric flask samples. Flask samples are collected on a biweekly basis at the High Altitude Research Station Jungfraujoch in Switzerland for three European laboratories: the University of Bern, Switzerland, the University of Groningen, the Netherlands and the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena, Germany. Almost 4 years of measurements of CO2, delta(O-2/N-2) and delta(CO2)-C-13 are compared in this paper to assess the measurement compatibility of the three laboratories. While the average difference for the CO2 measurements between the laboratories in Bern and Jena meets the required compatibility goal as defined by the World Meteorological Organization, the standard deviation of the average differences between all laboratories is not within the required goal. However, the obtained annual trend and seasonalities are the same within their estimated uncertainties. For delta(O-2/N-2) significant differences are observed between the three laboratories. The comparison for delta(CO2)-C-13 yields the least compatible results and the required goals are not met between the three laboratories. Our study shows the importance of regular intercomparison exercises to identify potential biases between laboratories and the need to improve the quality of atmospheric measurements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1805-1815
Number of pages11
JournalAtmospheric Measurement Techniques
Volume6
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords

  • ISOTOPE-RATIO
  • MASS-SPECTROMETRY
  • GREENHOUSE GASES
  • CARBON SINKS
  • AIR SAMPLES
  • TALL TOWER
  • OXYGEN
  • NETWORK
  • O-2
  • DELTA-C-13

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