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Air quality modeling and remote sensing - Li 's group @ NUIST

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Characteristics of fine particulate non-polar organic compounds in Guangzhou

during the 16th Asian Games: Effectiveness of air pollution controls


The concentrations of organic compounds, including n-alkanes and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), in fine particles (PM2.5) were measured in an urban area of Guangzhou before, during, and after the 16th Asian Games (9–30 November 2010). Higher average concentrations of n-alkanes and PAHs occurred in the nighttime, presumably due to a restriction on motor vehicle operation during the day and the accumulation of pollutants due to temperature inversions at night. The carbon preference index, contributions of wax n-alkanes, and PAHs diagnostic ratios indicated that the main sources of n-alkanes and PAHs were anthropogenic, especially motor vehicle emissions. The CMAQ model was used to estimate the percentages of biogenic organic aerosol in the total organic aerosol, then the ratios of source marker PAHs to biogenic organic carbon were used to evaluate the air pollution control policies effectiveness during the Asian Games.


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