Articles | Volume 16, issue 17
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 11249–11265, 2016

Special issue: East Asia emissions assessment (EA2)

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 11249–11265, 2016

Research article 12 Sep 2016

Research article | 12 Sep 2016

Source apportionment of PM2.5 at a regional background site in North China using PMF linked with radiocarbon analysis: insight into the contribution of biomass burning

Zheng Zong et al.

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We explore the source apportionment of PM2.5 in North China in winter using an original combination method, and coal combustion, biomass burning and vehicle emissions are identified as the largest contributors of PM2.5, accounting for 29.6, 19.3 and 15.8 %, respectively. Biomass burning emission was highlighted in the present study because of its dominant contribution to the PM2.5 burden in the Shandong Peninsula and because it is neglected in the air pollution control program.
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