Articles | Volume 16, issue 7
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 4271–4282, 2016
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 4271–4282, 2016
Research article
05 Apr 2016
Research article | 05 Apr 2016

Can biomonitors effectively detect airborne benzo[a]pyrene? An evaluation approach using modelling

Nuno Ratola and Pedro Jiménez-Guerrero

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This original interpretation and application of environmental databases combines biomonitoring and atmospheric field data and state-of-the-art chemistry transport models to study one of the most carcinogenic atmospheric pollutants, benzo[a]pyrene (BaP). A comparison of ways to estimate air concentrations of BaP from its levels in vegetation is also a strong asset of this study. The whole methodology proposed here is versatile and can easily be applied to other regions and chemicals of interest.
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