Carbonyl sulfide (COS) and carbon disulfide (CS2) exchange fluxes between cotton fields and the atmosphere in the arid area in Xinjiang, China

  • Weiwen JingEmail author
  • Liling Wang
  • Deqiang Li
  • Xiaowei Bao
  • Yingshuang Shi
Original Paper


Due to the important roles of carbonyl sulfide (COS) and carbon disulfide (CS2) in atmospheric chemistry, this study was designed to determine different proportions of COS and CS2 fluxes contributed from different sources, i.e., vegetation, soil and roots, at monthly and hourly timescales in the arid area in Xinjiang, China. Results indicated that the seasonal net uptake of COS by vegetation was predominant in the growing season. The CS2 fluxes from vegetation and soils had no significant seasonal variations compared with COS. The exchange rates of COS and CS2 have been found to be stimulated by the addition of nutrients in the form of urea fertilizer. Compared with the results of plots that were treated only with nitrogen, the treatments with both nitrogen and sulfur displayed no significant difference in the exchange fluxes. The results of compartment experiments indicated that the aboveground plants had the highest uptake of COS and had a vital role in the uptake of COS during the main growth period. The shares of COS emissions from the soil and roots increased to 6–17% and 55–58%, respectively, in the total COS fluxes when conditions, such as drought and senescence, were unfavorable for the developmental of vegetation. Observations of the preliminary diurnal fluxes indicated that the fluxes that occurred at night, with contributions from soils and plants, accounted for 27% of the total daily uptake of COS uptake. These quantitative results may be reasonably accounted for the use of COS as a promising tracer to obtain independent constraints on terrestrial carbon exchange at regional to global scales for their response to special environmental conditions in semiarid area.


Carbonyl sulfide (COS) Carbon disulfide (CS2Cotton field Flux Arid area 



This research was supported by The National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 41263004).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Applied Chemistry Laboratory, College of Chemical EngineeringXinjiang Agricultural UniversityÜrümqiPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.College of Food and Pharmaceutical SciencesXinjiang Agricultural UniversityÜrümqiPeople’s Republic of China

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