Special Issue "Carbonaceous Aerosols in Atmosphere"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 October 2017).
Prof. Dr. Roberta Vecchi
Department of Physics, Università degli Studi di Milano and National Institute of Nuclear Physics-Milan, via Celoria 16, 20133 Milan, Italy
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Interests: aerosol chemical–physical properties; development of experimental techniques for aerosol characterization; source apportionment by receptor modelling
Carbonaceous particles suspended in atmosphere have drawn increasing attention in scientific research because of their effects on both climate and human health. Black carbon (BC) is currently an issue, both the local and global scales; it has a primary origin and it is emitted mainly from anthropogenic combustion sources (industrial emissions, road transport, domestic heating). As characterized by strong light absorption, BC particles are largely responsible for positive radiative forcing due to aerosols. In addition, BC has adverse effects on human health, deteriorating air quality in several countries all over the world. Organic carbon (OC) is one of the greatest contributors to particulate matter mass concentrations; it comes from different anthropogenic (combustion processes) and natural (sea-spray, biogenic emissions) sources. A large fraction of OC in the atmosphere has a secondary origin; gas-to-particle conversion processes. Recently, the scientific community has addressed Brown Carbon (BrC), which is a light-absorbing organic compound, of which the characteristics are still largely unknown. Understanding the properties and the dynamics of carbonaceous particles, contributions from main anthropogenic and natural sources, and carbonaceous aerosols transformation in atmosphere is a complex task that needs extensive research. In this Special Issue, we seek to publish papers dealing broadly with the topic of carbonaceous particles in atmosphere, addressing any of the different perspectives, including laboratory studies and measurement protocols, analysis of optical properties and climate effects, source apportionment results, emission inventories and modelling studies, as well as assessments of the health effects and population exposure.
Dr. Daniele Contini
Prof. Dr. Roberta Vecchi
Dr. Mar Viana
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elemental and organic carbon
chemical characterization of carbonaceous matter
BC and BrC optical properties
impact on health and the environment