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Research article
18 Oct 2017
Research article |  | 18 Oct 2017

Sources of sub-micrometre particles near a major international airport

Mauro Masiol, Roy M. Harrison, Tuan V. Vu, and David C. S. Beddows

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Measurements of airborne particulate matter have been conducted using a scanning mobility particle sizer at a site in the vicinity of Heathrow Airport, London. The measured particle size distributions have been assessed both by k means clustering and PMF analysis in conjunction with measurements of meteorological variables and chemical composition. The results give a quantitative estimate of the impact of aircraft and airport emissions on local air quality.
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