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Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-2017-1229
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08 Jan 2018
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Disentangling the rates of carbonyl sulphide (COS) production and consumption and their dependency with soil properties across biomes and land use types
Aurore Kaisermann, Jérôme Ogée, Joana Sauze, Steven Wohl, Sam P. Jones, Ana Gutierrez, and Lisa Wingate INRA/Bordeaux Science Agro, UMR 1391 ISPA, Villenave d’Ornon, 33140, France
Abstract. Soils both emit and consume the trace gas carbonyl sulphide (COS) leading to a soil-air COS exchange rate that is the net result of two opposing fluxes. Partitioning these two gross fluxes and understanding their drivers are necessary to estimate the contribution of soils to the current and future atmospheric budget of COS.

Previous efforts to disentangle the gross COS fluxes from soils have used flux measurements on air-dried soils as a proxy for the COS emission rates of moist soils. However, this method implicitly assumes that COS uptake becomes negligible and COS emission remains steady while soils are drying. We tested this assumption by estimating simultaneously the soil COS sources and sinks and their temperature sensitivity (Q10) from soil-air COS flux measurements on fresh soils at different COS concentrations and two soil temperatures. Measurements were performed on 27 European soils from different biomes and land use types in order to obtain a large range of physical-chemical properties and identify the drivers of COS consumption and production rates.

We found that COS production rates from moist and air-dried soils were not significantly different for a given soil and that the COS production rates had Q10 values (3.96 ± 3.94) that were larger and more variable than the Q10 for COS consumption (1.17 ± 0.27). COS production generally contributed less to the net flux that was dominated by gross COS consumption but this contribution of COS production increased rapidly at higher temperature, lower soil moisture and lower COS concentrations. Consequently, measurements at higher COS concentrations (viz. 1000 ppt) always increased the robustness of COS consumption estimates. Across the range of biomes and land use types, COS production rates co-varied with total soil nitrogen (r = 0.68, P < 0.05) and the first-order COS uptake rate co-varied most with microbial N content (r = 0.64, P < 0.05) providing new insights on how to upscale the contribution of soils to the global COS atmospheric budget.


Citation: Kaisermann, A., Ogée, J., Sauze, J., Wohl, S., Jones, S. P., Gutierrez, A., and Wingate, L.: Disentangling the rates of carbonyl sulphide (COS) production and consumption and their dependency with soil properties across biomes and land use types, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-2017-1229, in review, 2018.
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