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Differences in spatiotemporal variations of atmospheric PAH levels between North America and Europe: Data from two air monitoring projects
School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University, Bloomington IN, United States.
Research Centre for Toxic Compounds in the Environment (RECETOX), Masaryk University Brno, Brno, Czech Republic. (MTM)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1733-8334
School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University, Bloomington IN, United States.
School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University, Bloomington IN, United States.
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2014 (English)In: Environment International, ISSN 0160-4120, E-ISSN 1873-6750, Vol. 64, p. 48-55Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Atmospheric concentrations of high molecular weight polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) were measured at five sites for almost two decades near the North American Great Lakes, as part of the Integrated Atmospheric Deposition Network (IADN), and at three remote sites around Europe, as part of the European Monitoring and Evaluation Programme (EMEP). The primary objectives were to reveal the spatial distributions, long-term temporal trends, and seasonal variations of atmospheric PAH concentrations and to investigate potential differences between these two regions. Atmospheric PAH concentrations at the urban sites in Chicago and Cleveland near Great Lakes were about 20 times (depending on PAH congener and sampling site) greater than those at the rural sites except for Kosetice in the Czech Republic. Atmospheric PAH concentrations at Kosetice, also a rural site, were about one-third of those at Chicago and Cleveland, but 10 times higher than those at other rural sites (Sturgeon Point, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Eagle Harbor, Aspvreten, and Spitsbergen). Significant long-term decreasing trends of all these PAH atmospheric concentrations were observed at Chicago and Cleveland. For the other sites, either less significant or no long-term decreasing trends were observed. Clear seasonality was observed at Sturgeon Point, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Kosetice, and Spitsbergen, with the highest PAH concentrations observed in mid-January.

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Elsevier, 2014. Vol. 64, p. 48-55
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Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons; Spatial distributions; Seasonal trends; North America; Europe
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Environmental Sciences
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Enviromental Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-49779DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2013.11.008ISI: 000333512900005PubMedID: 24365715Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84890813909OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-49779DiVA, id: diva2:918896
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Funding Agencies:

United States Environmental Protection Agency's Great Lakes National Program Office GL995656

RECETOX Research Infrastructure Project (Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic) LM2011028

CETOCOEN project of the European Structure Funds CZ.1.05/2.1.00/01.0001

Employment of Best Young Scientists for International Cooperation Empowerment project CZ.1.07/2.3.00/30.0037

European Social Fund

State budget of the Czech Republic

AMVIS project (KONTAKT II) LH12074

Available from: 2016-04-12 Created: 2016-04-12 Last updated: 2018-06-18Bibliographically approved

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