Production and consumption of atmospheric methyl halides in Irish soil ecosystems

KR Redeker, F. Keppler, G. Boshoff, JTG Hamilton, R. Kalin

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Several important atmospheric processes, including ozone depletion and aerosol formation have been linked to halogen radicals in the atmosphere. A significant fraction of the halogen radicals in the troposphere and the stratosphere are due to oxidation and photo-oxidation of methyl halide gases. In turn, terrestrial ecosystems appear to be major sources of these gases. We examine three ecosystems in Ireland (peatland, agricultural pastureland, and forest) to explore the influence of various soil constituents on methyl halide production and consumption within the soil column. Here we present the results from soil that has been irradiated and therefore is indicative of physical and chemical processes only. We identify whether these soils are capable of modifying overlying ambient air under multiple soil pore water saturation conditions. The effect of a range of temperatures (5-25 degrees C) is also investigated. Isotopic values for these abiotic processes were measured and are presented.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)A393
JournalGeochimica et Cosmochimica Acta
Issue number18, Suppl. 1
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2003


  • soils
  • methyl halides


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