Surface Ocean - Lower Atmosphere Study (SOLAS) Project Integration

Isoprene (C5H8)

Very little work has been carried out on this compound, but from recent results it has been proposed that, once produced by phytoplankton, isoprene may play a significant role in cloud formation over the Southern Ocean (Meskhidze and Nenes, 2006). No data set currently exists for isoprene.

  1. Meskhidze, N. and Nenes, A. (2002) Phytoplankton and cloudiness in the Southern Ocean. Science 314(5804): 1419-1423.

Implementation Group 1 also examines these other short-lived components:

Dimethyl Sulphide | Organohalogens | Alkyl nitrates | Methanol | Ammonia | Aerosol and rain