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Atmospheric Deposition Modeling of Polychlorinated Dibenzo-p-dioxins, Dibenzofurans and Polychlorinated Biphenyls in the Ambient Air of Southern Taiwan. Part II. Wet Depositions and Total Deposition Fluxes

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Volume: 14 | Issue: 7 | Pages: 1966-1985
DOI: 10.4209/aaqr.2014.07.0150
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Yu-Jung Tseng1, Hsiao-Hsuan Mi 2, Lien-Te Hsieh 3, Wei-Tung Liao4, Guo-Ping Chang-Chien5

  • 1 Department of Environmental Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, 1 University Road, Tainan 70101, Taiwan
  • 2 Department of Environmental Engineering & Science, Chia Nan University of Pharmacy and Science, Tainan 71743, Taiwan
  • 3 Department of Environmental Engineering and Science, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, No. 1, Shuefu Road, Neipu, Pingtung 91201, Taiwan
  • 4 Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, Southern Taiwan University of Science and Technology, No. 1, Nan-Tai Street, Yungkang Dist., Tainan 71005, Taiwan
  • 5 Super Micro Mass Research and Technology Center, Cheng Shiu University, 840, Chengching Road, Kaohsiung 83347, Taiwan


The wet deposition flux increased with rainfall intensity.
The simulated wet deposition results are dominated by particulate phase.
The average total PCDD/F and PCB-TEQ2005 (dry + wet) flux was high in winter.


The wet deposition flux increased with stronger rainfall intensity. From the congener profiles of PCDD/F and PCB WHO-TEQ2005 total deposition fluxes, 2,3,4,7,8-PeCDF, 2,3,4,6,7,8-HxCDF, 1,2,3,4,7,8-HxCDF and 1,2,3,7,8-PeCDD dominate the deposition fluxes. PCB-126 and PCB169 are the two most significant congeners that dominate the PCB WHO-TEQ2005. The simulated results show that the monthly PCDD/F and PCB wet deposition fluxes during 2012 were in the range of 9.26–265 pg WHO-TEQ2005/m2-month and 0.205–9.38 pg WHO-TEQ/m2-month, respectively. The monthly PCDD/F and PCB wet deposition fluxes during 2013 were 0.152–211 pg WHO-TEQ2005/m2-month and 0.00823–6.84 pg WHO-TEQ/m2-month, respectively. Wet deposition mainly occurs in the high rainfall intensity seasons, such as summer. The simulated results indicate that wet deposition is dominated by the particulate phase. Regarding the annual PCDD/F and PCB total (dry + wet) WHO-TEQ2005 deposition fluxes, dry deposition fluxes account for 68.0–73.9%. Among these, PCDD/Fs dominate the total deposition (95.9–96.1%) and PCBs contribute only 3.9–4.1%. The average total PCDD/F and PCB-TEQ2005 deposition (dry + wet) flux in winter (317–429 pg WHO-TEQ/m2-month) was 1.46–2.63 times higher than that in summer (163–216 pg WHO-TEQ/m2-month).


PCDD/Fs PCBs Wet deposition Scavenging

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