Combustion as the principal source of carbonaceous aerosol in the ohio river valley

James J. Huntzicker, Emily K. Heyerdahl, Stephen R. McDow, John A. Rau, Wayne H. Griest, Carolyn S. MacDougall

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Organic and elemental carbon and a number of carboxylic acids and n-alkanes were measured in aerosol samples collected at three sites in the Ohio River Valley between October 1980 and August 1981. Approximately 100 filters were analyzed for organic and elemental carbon for each site. For the 11-month period organic and elemental carbon comprised about 19 percent of the total aerosol mass with about two-thirds of the carbon as organic. Regression analysis showed that the principal source of organic carbon was combustion. The measurements of the specific organic compounds indicated a weak biogenic component to the organic aerosol.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)705-709
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the Air Pollution Control Association
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • General Environmental Science
  • Pollution
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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