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An investigation of nucleation events in a coastal urban environment in the southern hemisphere

Mejia, Jaime F. & Morawska, Lidia (2009) An investigation of nucleation events in a coastal urban environment in the southern hemisphere. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 9(20), pp. 7877-7888.

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Abstract

The occurrence of and conditions favourable to nucleation were investigated at an industrial and commercial coastal location in Brisbane, Australia during five different campaigns covering a total period of 13 months. The objective was to analyse the contribution of traffic-related emissions to the formation of secondary particles. To identify potential nucleation events, the difference in number concentration in the size range 14-30 nm (N14-30) between consecutive observations was calculated using first-order differencing. The data showed that nucleation events were a rare occurrence, and that in the absence of nucleation the particle number was dominated by particles in the range 30-300 nm. In many instances, total particle concentration declined during nucleation. There was no clear pattern in change in NO and NO2 concentrations during the events. SO2 concentration, in the majority of cases, declined during nucleation but there were exceptions. Most events took place in summer, followed by winter and then spring, and no events were observed for the autumn campaigns. Roadside emissions, in contrast, did not contribute to nucleation, probably due to the predominance of particles in the range 50-100 nm associated with these emissions. The events were associated with clean air masses of local origin that quickly mixed with roadside emissions, causing these events to be of very short duration.

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ID Code: 28329
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: nucleation, particle number, wind sector, N14-30
ISSN: 1680-7316
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EARTH SCIENCES (040000) > ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES (040100) > Atmospheric Sciences not elsewhere classified (040199)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EARTH SCIENCES (040000) > ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES (040100) > Atmospheric Aerosols (040101)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Past > Schools > School of Physical & Chemical Sciences
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 The authors. This work is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
Deposited On: 30 Oct 2009 12:03
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2010 00:07

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