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Source apportionment with uncertainty estimates of fine particulate matter in Ostrava, Czech Republic using Positive Matrix Factorization

Citation:

Conner, T., L. Černikovský, J. Novák, AND R. Williams. Source apportionment with uncertainty estimates of fine particulate matter in Ostrava, Czech Republic using Positive Matrix Factorization. Atmospheric Pollution Research. Turkish National Committee for Air Pollution Research and Control, Izmir, Turkey, 7(3):503-512, (2016).

Impact/Purpose:

The National Exposure Research Laboratory’s (NERL’s) Human Exposure and Atmospheric Sciences Division (HEASD) conducts research in support of EPA’s mission to protect human health and the environment. HEASD’s research program supports Goal 1 (Clean Air) and Goal 4 (Healthy People) of EPA’s strategic plan. More specifically, our division conducts research to characterize the movement of pollutants from the source to contact with humans. Our multidisciplinary research program produces Methods, Measurements, and Models to identify relationships between and characterize processes that link source emissions, environmental concentrations, human exposures, and target-tissue dose. The impact of these tools is improved regulatory programs and policies for EPA.

Description:

A 14-week investigation during a warm and cold seasons was conducted to improve understanding of air pollution sources that might be impacting air quality in Ostrava, the Czech Republic. Fine particulate matter (PM2.5) samples were collected in consecutive 12-h day and night increments during spring and fall 2012 sampling campaigns. Sampling sites were strategically located to evaluate conditions in close proximity of a large steel works industrial complex, as well as away from direct influence of the industrial complex. These samples were analyzed for metals and other elements, organic and elemental (black) carbon, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). The PM2.5 samples were supplemented with pollutant gases and meteorological parameters. We applied the EPA PMF v5.1 model with uncertainty estimate features to the Ostrava data set. Using the model's bootstrapping procedure and other considerations, six factors were determined to provide the optimum solution. Each model run consisted of 100 iterations to ensure that the solution represents a global minimum. The resulting factors were identified as representing coal (power plants), mixed Cl, crustal, industrial 1 (alkali metals and PAHs), industrial 2 (transition metals), and home heat/transportation. The home heating source is thought to be largely domestic boilers burning low quality fuels such as lignite, wood, and domestic waste. Transportation-related combustion emissions could not be resolved as a separate factor. Uncertainty estimates support the general conclusion that the factors identified as representing coal power and home heat/transportation dominate the percent contribution to fine mass. Apportionment of regulated individual species is also presented.

URLs/Downloads:

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Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (JOURNAL/PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL)
Product Published Date: 01/01/2016
Record Last Revised: 05/19/2016
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 315050

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL EXPOSURE RESEARCH LABORATORY

HUMAN EXPOSURE AND ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES DIVISION

ENVIRONMENTAL CHARACTERIZATION & APPORTIONMENT BRANCH