Articles | Volume 19, issue 5
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, Shichang Kang, Maheswar Rupakheti, Qianggong Zhang, Lekhendra Tripathee, Junming Guo, Pengfei Chen, Dipesh Rupakheti, Arnico K. Panday, Mark G. Lawrence, Kimitaka Kawamura, and Zhiyuan Cong


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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
AR by Xin Wan on behalf of the Authors (16 Feb 2019)  Manuscript 
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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