The importance of organic and elemental carbon in the fine atmospheric aerosol particles

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Abstract

During a field campaign the chemical character of fine (d <2.5 μm) aerosol particles was studied at K-puszta, Hungary within the framework of a project of the European Union. The organic and elemental carbon fraction, as well as the concentration of major inorganic constituents with respect to the total fine aerosol mass are presented in this paper. It was found that organic compounds constituted a significant fraction of the total fine aerosol mass, their contribution is comparable to or larger than that of the major water soluble ions. The diurnal variation of aerosol composition was also studied. It can be concluded that the relative abundance of the major constituents is practically the same during the day and at night. The samples were also classified and studied according to the air mass history. It is stated that the aerosol can be separated into two populations with different regression lines between organic and elemental carbon.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2745-2750
Number of pages6
JournalAtmospheric Environment
Volume33
Issue number17
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1999

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Keywords

  • Carbonaceous aerosol
  • Hungary
  • Inorganic ions
  • Mass balance
  • Organic and elemental carbon

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  • Atmospheric Science
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Pollution

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The importance of organic and elemental carbon in the fine atmospheric aerosol particles. / Molnár, A.; Mészáros, E.; Hansson, H. C.; Karlsson, H.; Gelencsér, A.; Kiss, G.; Krivácsy, Z.

In: Atmospheric Environment, Vol. 33, No. 17, 08.1999, p. 2745-2750.

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