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ACP | Articles | Volume 18, issue 5
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 3457–3467, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-3457-2018
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Special issue: Atmospheric emissions from oil sands development and their...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 3457–3467, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-3457-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 08 Mar 2018

Research article | 08 Mar 2018

Emissions databases for polycyclic aromatic compounds in the Canadian Athabasca oil sands region – development using current knowledge and evaluation with passive sampling and air dispersion modelling data

Xin Qiu et al.

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We developed emissions databases for polycyclic aromatic compounds (PACs) in the Athabasca oil sands region and evaluated the emissions databases by comparing CALPUFF-modelled concentrations with monitored data. Model–measurement agreement improved near oil sands mines due to updated PAC emissions from tailings ponds. Modelled concentrations were underestimated at remote sites and for alkylated PACs suggesting that the emissions of PACs particularly alkylated compounds are underestimated.
We developed emissions databases for polycyclic aromatic compounds (PACs) in the Athabasca oil...
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