Articles | Volume 18, issue 17
Research article
06 Sep 2018
Research article |  | 06 Sep 2018

Are atmospheric PBDE levels declining in central Europe? Examination of the seasonal and semi-long-term variations, gas–particle partitioning and implications for long-range atmospheric transport

Céline Degrendele, Jake Wilson, Petr Kukučka, Jana Klánová, and Gerhard Lammel


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AR by Anna Wenzel on behalf of the Authors (25 Jun 2018)  Author's response
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (25 Jun 2018) by Joel Thornton
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (09 Jul 2018)
RR by Anonymous Referee #3 (31 Jul 2018)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (31 Jul 2018) by Joel Thornton
AR by Céline Degrendele on behalf of the Authors (15 Aug 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (22 Aug 2018) by Joel Thornton
Short summary
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) are persistent organic pollutants present in the global environment. This study, reporting on their atmospheric behaviour in central Europe, has shown that none of the three investigated gas–particle partitioning models provided a satisfactory prediction, highlighting the need for a model that is universally applicable. Finally, this study tends to show that the debromination from high to low brominated congeners, enhanced by photolysis, is important.
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