Seasonal and Diurnal Trend of Carbon Dioxide in a Mountainous Site in Seoul, Korea

  • Ghosh, Samik (Department of Environment and Energy, Sejong University) ;
  • Jung, Kweon (Seoul Metropolitan Institute of Health and Environment) ;
  • Jeon, Eui-Chan (Department of Environment and Energy, Sejong University) ;
  • Kim, Ki-Hyun (Department of Environment and Energy, Sejong University)
  • 투고 : 2010.08.04
  • 심사 : 2010.11.09
  • 발행 : 2010.12.31


In this research, the environmental behavior of carbon dioxide ($CO_2$) was investigated in a mountainous site in the proximity of a highly industrialized megacity, Seoul, Korea. The concentration data of $CO_2$ monitored routinely at hourly intervals at Mt. Gwan-Ak (GA), Seoul, Korea throughout 2009 were analyzed in several respects. The mean $CO_2$ value was $405{\pm}12.1$ ppm (median=403 ppm) with a range of 344 to 508 ppm (N=8548). The analysis of its seasonal trend indicated that the $CO_2$ levels peaked in the winter but reached a minimum in fall. If the short-term trend is analyzed, the $CO_2$ values generally peaked during daytime along with the presence of two shoulders; this is suspected to be indicative of strong man-made effects (e.g., traffic activities). It is seen that the general patterns of $CO_2$ distribution in this study area are highly comparable to those typically found in urban areas with strong signals of anthropogenic activities.



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