Articles | Volume 17, issue 15
Research article
07 Aug 2017
Research article |  | 07 Aug 2017

Sources of particulate matter components in the Athabasca oil sands region: investigation through a comparison of trace element measurement methodologies

Catherine Phillips-Smith, Cheol-Heon Jeong, Robert M. Healy, Ewa Dabek-Zlotorzynska, Valbona Celo, Jeffrey R. Brook, and Greg Evans


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AR by Cheol-Heon Jeong on behalf of the Authors (27 Jun 2017)  Author's response
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (10 Jul 2017) by Shao-Meng Li
AR by Cheol-Heon Jeong on behalf of the Authors (11 Jul 2017)  Author's response    Manuscript
Short summary
The sources of PM2.5 components exhibited short-term variabilities, and their contributions were identified in the Athabasca oil sands region. Much of the trace elements were found to originate from anthropogenic activities, i.e., oil sands upgrading and on- and off-road transportation. Some of these anthropogenic activities became better defined and understood only through highly time-resolved measurements, which can help guide further studies and policy decisions in the oil sands area.
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