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Study on the Seasonal Variation and Source Apportionment of PM10 in Harbin, China

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Volume: 10 | Issue: 1 | Pages: 86-93
DOI: 10.4209/aaqr.2009.04.0025
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Likun Huang1,2, Kun Wang 1, Chung-Shin Yuan1,3, Guangzhi Wang1

  • 1 School of Municipal and Environmental Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150090, China
  • 2 School of Food Engineering, Harbin University of Commerce, Harbin 150076, China
  • 3 Institute of Environmental Engineering, National Sun Yat-sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan


The atmospheric respirable particulate matter (PM10) from four typical districts of Harbin was collected in four seasons. By analyzing the samples, we got the spatial distribution and seasonal variation of 20 elements. Besides, the sources of PM10 were identified by means of enrichment factor (EF) analysis and chemical mass balance (CMB) receptor model. The results indicated that Cu, Pb, S, Zn, As, and Cd came mainly from anthropogenic sources, which varied evidently with season and space; Al, Ba, Ca, Cr, K, Mg, Mn, V, and Sr came mainly from natural sources, but we can not rule out the possibility of contamination from anthropogenic sources; Ti, Na, and Si were attributed mainly from natural sources. Results from CMB receptor model indicated that major sources in Harbin were traffic dusts, road dusts, coal burning dusts and dusts from petrochemical plants. Among these sources, the traffic dusts contributed the highest ratio in all seasons, road dusts ranked the second in spring, dusts from petrochemical plants ranked the second in summer and coal burning dusts ranked the second in winter.


Atmospheric particles Seasonal variation Enrichment factor Source apportionment

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