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

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author van der Laan-Luijkx I. T., van der Laan S., Uglietti C., Schibig M. F., Neubert R. E. M., Meijer H. A. J., Brand W. A., Jordan A., Richter J. M., Rothe M., Leuenberger M. C.,
Project ICOS-CH: Integrated Carbon Observation System in Switzerland
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Atmospheric Measurement Techniques
Volume (Issue) 6
Page(s) 1805 - 1815
Title of proceedings Atmospheric Measurement Techniques
DOI 10.5194/amt-6-1805-2013

Open Access

Type of Open Access Publisher (Gold Open Access)


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.