Understanding Tropospheric Ozone in a Montane Tropical Rainforest: An Analysis of Ozone Levels in the Luquillo Mountains of Puerto Rico

Project Description: 

The purpose of this study is to understand the variations of canopy level ozone in this montane tropical rainforest. The study analyzed the ozone levels across time—hourly, monthly and seasonally. 8-hour averages were calculated to compare to US ozone standards. The ozone data was then combined with climate data to find correlations between ozone with temperature, relative humidity, precipitation, solar radiation and wind.

Data a product of USDA Forest Service -IITF:

Grizelle González - Project Leader, Research Unit
USDA FS - International Institute of Tropical Forestry
voice: 787-764-7800

Research Location: 
Core Area(s) and/or Keywords: 

Bisley, ozone, temperature, relative humidity, precipitation, solar radiation, wind, volatile organic compounds, nitrogen oxides, sunlight, pollution

Source of Funding: 
NSF CZO Program
References to Other Datasets: 
Bisley Tower hourly meteorological data 2002 to 2008 Bisley Hourly Meteorological data 12- 2010 to 8- 5- 2012
Relevant Publications: 

Brokaw, Nicholas, Todd A. Browl, Ariel E. Lugo, William H. McDowell, Frederick N.
Scatena, Robert B. Waide, and Michael R. WIllig. A Caribbean Forest Tapestry:
The Multidimensional Nature of Disturbance and Response. Oxford University
Press: New York, NY, 2012.
Burley, J. D., and A. Bytnerowicz. 2011. Surface ozone in the White Mountains of
California. Atmospheric Environment 45 (27): 4591-602.
California Environmental Protection Agency: Air Resources Board. 2005. Review of the
California Ambient Air Quality Standard for Ozone. Volume 2, (March 11).
Environmental Protection Agency. Ground Level Ozone. http://www.epa.gov/glo/.
Jury, M. R., S. Chiao, and E. W. Harmsen. 2009. Mesoscale structure of trade wind
convection over Puerto Rico: Composite observations and numerical
imulation. Boundary-Layer Meteorology 132 (2): 289-313.
Scatena, Frederick N. 1989. An Introduction to the Physiography and History of the
Bisley Experimental Watersheds in the Luquillo Mountains of Puerto Rico.
General Technical Report SO-72:1–22. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Southern
Forest Experiment Station, New Orleans.

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Contact Information
Person(s) Completing This Form: 
Chennery Fife
Chennery Fife F. N. Scatena Maria-Antonia Andrews Miguel Leon
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