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ECN publication
Carbon in Atmospheric Particulate Matter
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ECN Biomass, Coal and Environmental Research 4-12-2008
ECN report number: Document type:
ECN-E--08-060 ECN publication
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Carbon compounds account for a large fraction of airborne particulate matter (‘carbonaceous aerosols’). Their presence raises a number of scientific questions dealing with climate issues and possible effects on human health. This review describes the current state of knowledge with respect to the ambient concentrations levels (elemental carbon, organic carbon and organic matter) and the various emission sources, and summarizes the role of atmospheric carbon in the various environmental issues. The report finishes by identifying the actual gaps in knowledge and gives (related) suggestions for future research.

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