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Heated submicron particle fluxes using an optical particle counter in urban environment

by M Vogt, C Johansson, M Martensson, H Struthers, L Ahlm, D Nilsson
Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics ()


From May 2008 to March 2009 aerosol emissions were measured using the eddy covariance method covering the size range 0.25 to 2.5 mu m diameter (D-p) from a 105m tower, in central Stockholm, Sweden. Supporting chemical aerosol data were collected at roof and street level. Results show that the inorganic fraction of sulfate, nitrate, ammonium and sea salt accounts for approximately 15% of the total aerosol mass < 1 mu m D-p (PM1) with water soluble soil contributing 11% and water insoluble soil 47%. Carbonaceous compounds were at the most 27% of PM1 mass. It was found that heating the air from the tower to 200 degrees C resulted in the loss of approximately 60% of the aerosol volume at 0.25 mu m D-p whereas only 40% of the aerosol volume was removed at 0.6 mu m D-p. Further heating to 300 degrees C caused very little additional losses < 0.6 mu m D-p. The chemical analysis did not include carbonaceous compounds, but based on the difference between the total mass concentration and the sum of the analyzed non-carbonaceous materials, it can be assumed that the non-volatile particulate material (heated to 300 degrees C) consists mainly of carbonaceous compounds, including elemental carbon. Furthermore, it was found that the nonvolatile particle fraction < 0.6 mu m D-p correlated (r(2) = 0.4) with the BC concentration at roof level in the city, supporting the assumption that the non-volatile material consists of carbonaceous compounds. The average diurnal cycles of the BC emissions from road traffic (as inferred from the ratio of the incremental concentrations of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and BC measured on a densely trafficked street) and the fluxes of non-volatile material at tower level are in close agreement, suggesting a traffic source of BC. We have estimated the emission factors (EFs) for non-volatile particles < 0.6 mu m D-p to be 2.4 +/- 1.4 mg veh(-1) km(-1) based on either CO2 fluxes or traffic activity data. Light (LDV) and heavy duty vehicle (HDV) EFs were estimated using multiple linear regression and reveal that for non-volatile particulate matter in the 0.25 to 0.6 mu m D-p range, the EFHDV is approximately twice as high as the EFLDV, the difference not being statistically significant.

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