Sep 13, 2016

Quantification of long-term primary and secondary source contributions to carbonaceous aerosols

Environmental Pollution
Guoliang ShiArmistead G Russell


Ambient fine particulate matter samples were collected during 2009-2013 in Chengdu, a megacity in western China, and the samples were speciated into organic carbon (OC), elemental carbon (EC), char-EC, soot-EC, eight carbon fractions, inorganic elements and water-soluble ions. Char-EC and soot-EC contribute to the better understanding of the sources and properties of EC. The highest levels of most carbon fractions were found in winter and May. The higher OC/EC ratio in winter suggests higher SOC fraction in winter, and higher char-EC/soot-EC ratio in May are the direct consequences of straw burning activities. Source contributions to PM2.5 and carbonaceous aerosols were quantified using the ME2 receptor model. Major contributors to OC in PM2.5 are vehicular exhaust (36.5%), coal combustion & straw burning (35.2%) and SOC (27.0%). The first two categories also contributed 51.4% and 49.3% of char-EC in PM2.5. Vehicular exhaust dominated soot-EC, contributing 63.0% to soot-EC in PM2.5. SOC contributed to high OC levels in winter due to the increase of precursor emissions and stable meteorological conditions. Coal combustion & straw burning show higher contributions to OC, char-EC and soot-EC in winter months and in May, which can ...Continue Reading

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