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ACP | Articles | Volume 20, issue 5
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 3231–3247, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-3231-2020
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Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 3231–3247, 2020
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Research article 18 Mar 2020

Research article | 18 Mar 2020

An optimized tracer-based approach for estimating organic carbon emissions from biomass burning in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Jayant Nirmalkar et al.

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We developed a novel tracer-based approach to optimize the organic carbon (OC) to levoglucosan ratio for estimating the precise concentration of OC emitted from biomass burning (OCBB). Application of this ratio indicates that 68 % (winter) and 63 % (spring) of OC originated from BB. The approach developed here may be applied elsewhere to screen region-specific OC / levoglucosan ratios for estimating appropriate atmospheric concentrations of OCBB, aiding the establishment of BB control measures.
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