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Effect of biomass burning over the western North Pacific Rim : wintertime maxima of anhydrosugars in ambient aerosols from Okinawa

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Title: Effect of biomass burning over the western North Pacific Rim : wintertime maxima of anhydrosugars in ambient aerosols from Okinawa
Authors: Zhu, C. Browse this author
Kawamura, K. Browse this author
Kunwar, B. Browse this author
Issue Date: Feb-2015
Publisher: Copernicus Publications on behalf of the European Geosciences Union
Journal Title: Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics
Volume: 15
Issue: 4
Start Page: 1959
End Page: 1973
Publisher DOI: 10.5194/acp-15-1959-2015
Abstract: Biomass burning (BB) largely modifies the chemical composition of atmospheric aerosols on the globe. We collected aerosol samples (TSP) at Cape Hedo, on subtropical Okinawa Island, from October 2009 to February 2012 to study anhydrosugars as BB tracers. Levoglucosan was detected as the dominant anhydrosugar followed by its isomers, mannosan and galactosan. We found a clear seasonal trend of levoglucosan and mannosan with winter maxima and summer minima. Positive correlation was found between levoglucosan and nss-K+ (r = 0.38, p < 0.001); the latter is another BB tracer. The analyses of air mass trajectories and fire spots demonstrated that the seasonal variations of anhydrosugars are caused by long-range transport of BB emissions from the Asian continent. We found winter maxima of anhydrosugars, which may be associated with open burning and domestic heating and cooking in northern and northeastern China, Mongolia and Russia and with the enhanced westerly winds. The monthly averaged levoglucosan / mannosan ratios were lower (2.1-4.8) in May-June and higher (13.3-13.9) in November-December. The lower values may be associated with softwood burning in northern China, Korea and southwestern Japan whereas the higher values are probably caused by agricultural waste burning of maize straw in the North China Plain. Anhydrosugars comprised 0.22% of water-soluble organic carbon (WSOC) and 0.13% of organic carbon (OC). The highest values to WSOC (0.37 %) and OC (0.25 %) were found in winter, again indicating an important BB contribution to Okinawa aerosols in winter. This study provides useful information to better understand the effect of East Asian biomass burning on the air quality in the western North Pacific Rim.
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