Articles | Volume 21, issue 23
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 17865–17883, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-17865-2021
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 17865–17883, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-17865-2021

Research article 07 Dec 2021

Research article | 07 Dec 2021

Annual exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in urban environments linked to wintertime wood-burning episodes

Irini Tsiodra et al.

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Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on acp-2021-393', Anonymous Referee #1, 20 May 2021
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Athanasios Nenes, 03 Aug 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on acp-2021-393', Anonymous Referee #2, 17 Jun 2021
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Athanasios Nenes, 03 Aug 2021

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
AR by Athanasios Nenes on behalf of the Authors (20 Sep 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (21 Sep 2021) by Lynn M. Russell
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Short summary
We analyze observations from year-long measurements at Athens, Greece. Nighttime wintertime PAH levels are 4 times higher than daytime, and wintertime values are 15 times higher than summertime. Biomass burning aerosol during wintertime pollution events is responsible for these significant wintertime enhancements and accounts for 43 % of the population exposure to PAH carcinogenic risk. Biomass burning poses additional health risks beyond those associated with the high PM levels that develop.
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