An Integrated Flask Sample Collection System for Greenhouse Gas Measurements
Atmospheric Measurement Techniques http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/amtd-5-4077-2012
A one hour integrated ﬂask sampling system to collect air in automated NOAA/ESRL12-ﬂask packages is described. The integrating compressor system uses a mass ﬂowcontroller to regulate the ﬂow of air through a 15 l volume, thus providing a mixture of air5 collected over an hour-long period. By beginning with a high ﬂow rate of 3800 standardliters per minute and gradually decreasing the ﬂow rate over time to 290 standardliters per minute it is possible to obtain a nearly uniformly time averaged sample of airand collect it into a pressurized 0.7 l ﬂask. The weighting function determining the airmixture obtained is described in detail. Laboratory and ﬁeld tests demonstrate that the10 integrated sample approximates a simple mean of air collected during the one-hoursampling time.