This work presents a diagnostic methodology in support to source apportionment studies to identify remote and local pollution sources. It is based on the temporal analysis of both PM size distributions and PM size fraction correlation along with natural radioactivity measurements as index of Planetary Boundary Layer dynamic. A correlation drop is indicative of changing aerosol sources. When this observation is coupled with decreasing level of natural radioactivity and increasing aerosol concentration, be it coarse or fine, it is indicative of the inflow of remote polluted air masses. The methodology defines in which size range operates the contribution of remote pollution sources. It was applied to two PM10 pollution episodes: the first involved the advection of coarse PM, the second entailed the inflow of two air masses, one transporting coarse dust and the other fine PM. Dust models and backward trajectories analysis confirmed such results, indicating the air mass provenience.
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2012.06.002|
|Codice identificativo ISI:||WOS:000308450100007|
|Codice identificativo Scopus:||2-s2.0-84863199870|
|Titolo:||Relevance of aerosol size spectrum analysis as support to qualitative source apportionment studies|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|