Articles | Volume 17, issue 5
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 3233–3251, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-3233-2017
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 3233–3251, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-3233-2017

Research article 06 Mar 2017

Research article | 06 Mar 2017

Sources and formation mechanisms of carbonaceous aerosol at a regional background site in the Netherlands: insights from a year-long radiocarbon study

Ulrike Dusek et al.

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Measurements of the radioactive carbon isotope 14C allow to identify the sources of aerosol carbon. We report an extensive 14C source apportionment record in the Netherlands with samples covering a whole year. We discovered that long-range transport has a large influence on aerosol carbon levels. Fossil fuel carbon is least influenced by long-range transport and more regional in origin. Biomass burning seems to be a minor source of aerosol carbon in the Netherlands.
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