Articles | Volume 19, issue 5
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 2725–2747, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-19-2725-2019

Special issue: Atmospheric pollution in the Himalayan foothills: The SusKat-ABC...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 2725–2747, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-19-2725-2019

Research article 04 Mar 2019

Research article | 04 Mar 2019

Molecular characterization of organic aerosols in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal: insights into primary and secondary sources

Xin Wan et al.

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AR by Xin Wan on behalf of the Authors (02 Dec 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (08 Dec 2018) by Kim Oanh Nguyen Thi
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (20 Dec 2018)
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (23 Dec 2018)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (19 Jan 2019) by Kim Oanh Nguyen Thi
AR by Xin Wan on behalf of the Authors (28 Jan 2019)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (16 Feb 2019) by Kim Oanh Nguyen Thi
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Short summary
The sources of primary and secondary aerosols in the Hindu Kush–Himalayan–Tibetan Plateau region are not well known. Organic molecular tracers are useful for aerosol source apportionment. The characterization of molecular tracers were first systemically investigated and the contribution from primary and secondary sources to carbonaceous aerosols was estimated in the Kathmandu Valley. Our results demonstrate that biomass burning contributed a significant fraction to OC in the Kathmandu Valley.
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