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Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 3475–3487, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-3475-2017
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 3475–3487, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-3475-2017
Research article
10 Mar 2017
Research article | 10 Mar 2017

Evaluation of the impact of wood combustion on benzo[a]pyrene (BaP) concentrations; ambient measurements and dispersion modeling in Helsinki, Finland

Heidi Hellén et al.

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Estimating impacts of wood combustion on ambient levels of PAHs is challenging. In this study effect of residential wood combustion on the benzo[a]pyrene concentrations in the air of Helsinki metropolitan area was studied, using ambient air measurements, emission estimates and dispersion modeling. Combining all this information enabled a quantitative characterization of the influence of residential wood combustion, which was found to be the main local source and more important than for PM2.5.
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