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Regional evaluation of particulate matter composition in an Atlantic coastal area (Cantabria region, northern Spain): Spatial variations in different urban and rural environments

Abstract: The aim of this study was to determine the major components (Na, Ca, K, Mg, Fe, Al, NH4+, SO42-, NO3-, Cl- and TC) and trace-metal levels (As, Ni, Cd, Pb, Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Cu, Mo, Rh and Hg) in PM10 and PM2.5 at an Atlantic coastal city (Santander, Cantabria region, Northern Spain). Additional samples were collected in other urban sites of the Cantabria region to assess the metal content found in different urban environments within the region. To control for the mass attributed to inland regional background particulate matter, samples were also collected in Los Tojos village. The spatial variability of the major PM components shows that PM origins are different at inland and coastal sites. In the coastal city of Santander, the most important contributors are (i) the marine aerosol and (ii) the secondary inorganic aerosol (SIA) and the total carbon (TC) in PM10 and PM2.5, respectively. Additionally, the influence of the coastal location on the ionic balance of PM is also studied. The trace metal spatial variability is studied using the coefficient of divergence (COD), which shows that the levels of trace metals at the three studied urban sites are mainly influenced by local emission sources. The main local tracers are identified as follows: Mn in the Santander area; Mo, Cr and Pb at Reinosa; and Ni and V at Castro Urdiales. A more detailed source apportionment study of the local trace metals at Santander is conducted by Principal Component Analysis (PCA) and Positive Matrix Factorisation (PMF); these two receptor models report complementary information. From these statistical analyses, the identified sources of trace metals in PM10 are urban background sources, industrial sources and traffic. The industrial factor was dominated by Mn, Cu and Pb, which are trace metals used in steel production and manganese-ferroalloy production plant. With respect to PM2.5, the identified emission sources of trace metals are combustion processes as well as traffic and industrial sources.

 Autoría: Arruti A., Fernández-Olmo I., Irabien A.,

 Fuente: Atmospheric Research, 2011, 101(1-2), 280-293

Editorial: Elsevier BV

 Fecha de publicación: 01/07/2011

Nº de páginas: 14

Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosres.2011.03.001

ISSN: 0169-8095,1873-2895

 Proyecto español: CTM2006-00317

Url de la publicación: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosres.2011.03.001