Special Issue "Physical and Chemical Properties, Emission Characteristics and Sources of Atmospheric Aerosols"

A special issue of Atmosphere (ISSN 2073-4433). This special issue belongs to the section "Aerosols".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2022 | Viewed by 951

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Jingsha Xu
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Department of Chemistry, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, UK
Interests: aerosols; chemical characteristics; receptor model; source apportionment; aerosol acidity; formation mechanism
Dr. Congbo Song
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School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Science, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK
Interests: source emissions; source apportionment; atmospheric chemistry; policy assessment
Dr. Qili Dai
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College of Environmental Science and Engineering, Nankai University, Tianjin 300350, China
Interests: receptor model; source apportionment; machine learning; air pollution.
Dr. Deepchandra Srivastava
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School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK
Interests: aerosol chemistry, source approtionment, analytical developments, secondary organic aerosols
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Dear Colleagues,

Air pollution ranked the fourth largest risk factor in terms of human health according to the Global Burden of Disease Study in 2019. Largest increase in risk exposure has been seen for particulate matter (PM) pollution. In addition to health implications, aerosols acting as cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) or ice nuclei particles (INP) can interact with clouds thus affecting the global climate. To understand the role of aerosols in both public health and climate, we propose the Special Issue ‘Physical and Chemical Properties, Emission Characteristics and Sources of Atmospheric Aerosols’ to encourage researchers to share recent advances in such topic. This topic focuses on sources and processes of aerosols collected from traffic, urban, rural or marine atmosphere. Both natural (e.g., sea spray aerosols, mineral dust, biomass burning and biogenic aerosols, etc.) and anthropogenic (e.g., on-road vehicles, industrial, shipping, residential solid fuel burning, etc.) sources can contribute to the aerosol burden in the atmosphere. We welcome papers contributing to the characterization (e.g., chemical composition, size distribution, etc.) of source emissions from both laboratory studies and field measurements. Research on evolving/aging processes from source to receptor, physical and chemical properties and source apportionment of aerosols using online/ offline measurements are all welcome. Authors are also encouraged to include a section on the implications for future aerosols research, air quality improvement and possible abatement strategies, etc.

Topics of interest for the Special Issue include but are not limited to:

  • Investigation of ambient aerosols' physical and chemical properties
  • Aerosol emission flux measurements
  • Physical and chemical properties of aerosol source emissions
  • Aerosol source apportionment
  • Method development of PM-related organic compounds analysis
  • Comparison of different source apportionment methods

Dr. Jingsha Xu
Dr. Congbo Song
Dr. Qili Dai
Dr. Deepchandra Srivastava
Guest Editors

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  • particulate matters
  • chemical compositions
  • emission characteristics
  • organic tracers
  • source apportionment
  • air pollution health impacts

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Air Pollutants and CO2 Emissions in Industrial Parks and Evaluation of Their Green Upgrade on Regional Air Quality Improvement: A Case Study of Seven Cities in Henan Province
Atmosphere 2022, 13(3), 383; https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos13030383 - 24 Feb 2022
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Although central to the promotion of regional economic development, industrial parks discharge large quantities of air pollutants and CO2, counter to the goals of air quality improvement and CO2 reductions in China. In this study, 13 industrial parks in seven [...] Read more.
Although central to the promotion of regional economic development, industrial parks discharge large quantities of air pollutants and CO2, counter to the goals of air quality improvement and CO2 reductions in China. In this study, 13 industrial parks in seven cities in Henan Province were chosen to evaluate their emission of air pollutants and CO2 in 2017, their reduction potential under different green measures, and their air quality improvements under a Green Upgrade scenario. The results show that: (1) The total emissions of SO2, NOx, CO, PM10, PM2.5, VOCs and CO2 in the 13 industrial parks were 43, 39, 351, 19, 7, 18, 2 kt and 36 Mt, and would decrease by 72, 56, 19, 30, 26, 77 and 30%, respectively, under the Green Upgrade scenario. (2) The industrial process was the major source of CO, PM2.5, VOCs and NH3, whereas power plants were the largest source of SO2 and NOx, and they would be reduced by 93, 59, 94, 91, 23 and 28%, respectively, under the Green Upgrade scenario. (3) The terminal energy use sector (including industrial boilers and industrial process sources) was the main source of CO2, accounting for 75% of total CO2 emissions, and would be reduced by 76% under the Green Upgrade scenario. (4) WRF-CMAQ simulation results show that, under the Green Upgrade scenario, the concentration of PM2.5 in a transmission channel city would be improved by 1–36 μg/m3, with an annual average value of 9 μg/m3. Our results demonstrate the significant effect of the synergistic reduction in air pollutants and CO2 emissions using Green Technologies in industrial parks and the subsequent improvement in regional air quality. Full article
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Title: Intense Desert Dust Event in the Northern Adriatic: Insights from the Numerical Model Application and Chemical Characterization Results
Authors: Boris Mifka1, Maja Telišman Prtenjak2, Ivna Kavre Piltaver1,3, Darko Mekterović1, Josipa Kuzmić4, Marijan Marcijuš5, Irena Ciglenečki6
Affiliation: 1Department of Physics, University of Rijeka, Radmile Matejčić 2, 51000 Rijeka, Croatia; 2Department of Geophysics, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Horvatovac 95, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia; 3University of Rijeka, Centre for Micro- and Nanosciences and Technologies, Radmile Matejčić 2, 51000 Rijeka, Croatia; 4Croatian Meteorological and Hydrological Service, Ravnice 48, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia; 5Division of Materials Chemistry, Ruđer Bošković Institute, Bijenička cesta 54, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia; 6Laboratory for Physical Oceanography and Chemistry of Aquatic Systems, Division for Marine and Environmental Research, Ruđer Bošković Institute, Bijenička cesta 54, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
Abstract: In our work we combined the chemical and SEM analysis of PM10 collected at the northern Adriatic air quality station during extreme and unusual episode of mineral dust pollution in the Balkans with numerical modeling.Using this multidisciplinary approach we revealed the exceptional contribution of Saharan and Asian ( including Aral lake) dust sources to PM10 chemical composition.

Title: Insights into the pollution characteristics and source origins of carbonaceous aerosols in a heavily polluted city in North China
Authors: Huanjia Liu
Affiliation: School of Environment, Henan Normal University, China

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