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Atmosphere 2010, 1(1), 3-14; doi:10.3390/atmos1010003

Correlation of Air Quality Data to Ultrafine Particles (UFP) Concentration and Size Distribution in Ambient Air

Division of Physics and Biophysics, Department of Materials Engineering and Physics, University of Salzburg, Hellbrunnerstrasse 34, A-5020 Salzburg, Austria
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Received: 13 May 2010 / Revised: 1 June 2010 / Accepted: 4 June 2010 / Published: 12 July 2010
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This study monitored ultrafine particles (UFP) concurrent with environmental air quality data, investigating whether already existing instrumentation used by environmental authorities can provide reference values for estimating UFP concentrations. Of particular interest was the relation of UFP to PM10 (particulate matter) and nitrogen oxides (NOx, NO2) in ambient air. Existing PM measurement methods alone did not correspond exactly enough with the actual particle number, but we observed a link between NOx and NO2 to UFP concentration. The combined data could act as proxy-indicator for authorities in estimating particle number concentrations, but cannot replace UFP monitoring. View Full-Text
Keywords: ultrafine particles; air quality monitoring; urban aerosols; particle number concentration; particle size distribution ultrafine particles; air quality monitoring; urban aerosols; particle number concentration; particle size distribution
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Kwasny, F.; Madl, P.; Hofmann, W. Correlation of Air Quality Data to Ultrafine Particles (UFP) Concentration and Size Distribution in Ambient Air. Atmosphere 2010, 1, 3-14.

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