Atmospheric PAHs in North China: Spatial distribution and sources


Zhang Y, Lin Y, Cai J, Liu Y, Hong L, Qin M, Zhao Y, Ma J, Wang X, Zhu T, et al. Atmospheric PAHs in North China: Spatial distribution and sources. Science of the Total Environment. 2016;565:994-1000.


Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), formed through incomplete combustion process, have adverse health effects. To investigate spatial distribution and sources of PAHs in North China, PAHs with passive sampling in 90 gridded sites during June to September in 2011 were analyzed. The average concentration of the sum of fifteen PAHs in North China is 220 +/- 14 ng/m(3), with the highest in Shanxi, followed by Shandong and Hebei, and then the Beijing-Tianjin area. Major sources of PAHs are identified for each region of North China, coke process for Shanxi, biomass burning for Hebei and Shandong, and coal combustion for Beijing-Tianjin area, respectively. Emission inventory is combined with back trajectory analysis to study the influence of emissions from surrounding areas at receptor sites. Shanxi and Beijing-Tianjin areas are more influenced by sources nearby while regional sources have more impact on Hebei and Shandong areas. Results from this study suggest the areas where local emission should be the major target for control and areas where both local and regional sources should be considered for PAH abatement in North China. (C) 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


Times Cited: 5Lin, Yan/N-7882-2014; ZHU, TONG/H-6501-2011Lin, Yan/0000-0003-4384-8354;7261401879-1026