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Special Issue "Atmospheric Mercury in Asia"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2019.
Prof. Dr. Young-Ji Han Website E-Mail
Department of Environmental Sciences, Kangwon National University, Chuncheon, South Korea
Interests: transport and transformation of heavy metals (especially, mercury) in multimedia environments; receptor modeling to identify the sources of air pollutants; wet and dry depositions
Mercury (Hg) is a toxic heavy metal of concern that can exist naturally in the gas phase; hence, it can actively circulate between environmental media after being emitted. East and Southeast Asia have the largest emissions of Hg in the world, contributing approximately 40% of the global anthropogenic emissions. However, the history of atmospheric Hg measurements in most Asian countries is relatively shorter than in the USA and Canada. The purpose of this Special Issue is to provide updated information on the current situation of atmospheric Hg levels in urban, rural, and background areas in Asia, and their impacts on other environmental media and human health.
Studies on the temporal and spatial variations of atmospheric Hg, updated emissions inventories, transport and source allocation, air–surface Hg exchange, and wet and dry depositions, by means of monitoring and modelling works, are highly welcome for this issue.
Prof. Dr. Young-Ji Han
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- atmospheric concentration
- atmospheric transport and transformation
- atmospheric emission
- air–surface exchange
- wet deposition
- dry deposition
- source attribution
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Authors: Seam Noh, Kwang-Su Park, Seok-Min Yu, Hyuk Kim, Kwang-Seol Seok and Younghee Kim
Affiliation: Division of Chemical Research, National Institute of Environmental Research (NIER), Incheon, Republic of Korea
Abstract: In this study, PM2.5-bound mercury (PBM) was collected from 5 sites (1 urban sites, 1 urban and industrial site, 1 rural and industrial site, 1 rural site and 1 remote site) across South Korea for five years (from 2014 to 2018). The average PBM concentrations in PM2.5 were 7.6±9.4, 29±32, 39±36, 17±16, 11±14 pg/m3 for Baengnyeong, Seoul, Ulsan, Seosan, and Deokjeok, respectively. Seasonal differences were pronounced, with concentrations being highest in winter due to local metrological conditions as well as seasonal factors. PBM showed a significant spatial variation with higher values in urban and industrial sites due to the strong atmospheric oxidation-reduction reaction conditions as well as local and regional PBM sources. The backward air trajectory analysis in remote site revealed that PBM were influenced by air masses from continental sources in China.