Estimation of source-based aerosol optical properties for polydisperse aerosols from receptor models

Chang Hoon Jung, Ji Yi Lee, Junshik Um, Seoung Soo Lee, Young Jun Yoon, Yong Pyo Kim

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We estimated source-based aerosol optical properties for polydisperse aerosols according to a chemical-species-resolved mass contribution method based on source apportionment. We investigated the sensitivity of aerosol optical properties based on PM2.5 (particulate matter that have a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometers) monitoring results. These aerosols were composed of ions, metals, elemental carbon, and water-soluble organic carbon which includes humic-like carbon substances and water-soluble organic carbon. We calculated aerosols' extinction coefficients based on the PM2.5 composition data and the results of a multivariate receptor model (Solver for Mixture Problem model, SMP). Based on the mass concentration of chemical composition and nine sources calculated with the SMP receptor model, we estimated the size-resolved mass extinction efficiencies for each aerosol source using a multilinear regression model. Consequently, this study quantitatively determined the size resolved sources contributing to the apportionment-based aerosol optical properties and calculated their respective contributions. The results show that source-resolved mass concentrations and extinction coefficients had varying contributions. This discrepancy between the source-based mass concentration and extinction coefficient was mainly due to differences between the source-dependent aerosol size distribution and the aerosol optical properties from different sources.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1443
JournalApplied Sciences (Switzerland)
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2019

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Funding Information:
This research was supported by the National Strategic Project-Fine particle of the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT), the Ministry of Environment (ME), and the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW; NRF-2017M3D8A1092022). Support also came from the KOPRI program (PN19081), which is funded by the National Research Foundation of Korea Grant (NRF-2016M1A5A1901786).

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  • Mass extinction efficiency
  • Polydispersity
  • SMP receptor model
  • Size- and source-resolved aerosol optical properties


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