Articles | Volume 16, issue 23
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 14825–14842, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-14825-2016
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 14825–14842, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-14825-2016
Research article
29 Nov 2016
Research article | 29 Nov 2016

Temporal variability and sources of VOCs in urban areas of the eastern Mediterranean

Christos Kaltsonoudis et al.

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Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) were monitored in urban backgrounds sites, in Athens and Patras in Greece. In summer most of the measured VOCs were due to biogenic and traffic emissions. Winter measurements in Athens revealed that biomass burning used for residential heating was the dominant VOC source. The biomass burning VOC emission ratios and emission factors were estimated.
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