Articles | Volume 17, issue 5
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 3233–3251, 2017
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 3233–3251, 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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Short summary
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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