Articles | Volume 16, issue 21
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 13773–13789, 2016
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 13773–13789, 2016

Research article 07 Nov 2016

Research article | 07 Nov 2016

Model simulations of cooking organic aerosol (COA) over the UK using estimates of emissions based on measurements at two sites in London

Riinu Ots et al.

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Emissions of cooking organic aerosol (COA; from charbroiling, frying, etc.) are currently absent in European emissions inventories yet measurements have pointed to significant COA concentrations. In this study, emissions of COA were developed for the UK by model iteration against year-long measurements at two sites in London. Modelled COA dropped rapidly outside of major urban areas, suggesting that although a notable component in UK urban air, COA does not have a significant effect on rural PM.
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