Articles | Volume 15, issue 2
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 815–827, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-15-815-2015

Special issue: Quantifying the impact of Boreal fires on tropospheric oxidants...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 815–827, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-15-815-2015

Research article 23 Jan 2015

Research article | 23 Jan 2015

A comparison of four receptor models used to quantify the boreal wildfire smoke contribution to surface PM2.5 in Halifax, Nova Scotia during the BORTAS-B experiment

M. D. Gibson et al.

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This paper presents a quantitative comparison of the four most commonly used receptor models, namely absolute principal component scores, pragmatic mass closure, chemical mass balance, and positive matrix factorization. The receptor models were used to predict the contributions of boreal wild-fire smoke and other sources to PM2.5 mass in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada during the BORTAS-B experiment. This paper also presents a new woodsmoke PM2.5 enrichment factor (levoglucosan x 52).
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