TITLE

Patterns in airborne pollen and other primary biological aerosol particles (PBAP), and their contribution to aerosol mass and number in a boreal forest

AUTHOR(S)
Manninen, Hanna E.; Bäck, Jaana; Sihto-Nissilä, Sanna-Liisa; Huffman, J. Alex; Pessi, Anna-Mari; Hiltunen, Veijo; Aalto, Pasi P.; Hidalgo, Pablo J.; Hari, Pertti; Saarto, Annika; Kulmala, Markku; Petäjä, Tuukka
PUB. DATE
September 2014
SOURCE
Boreal Environment Research;2014 Supplement B, Vol. 19, p383
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
We studied variation in concentrations of airborne pollen and other particles of biological origin in a boreal forest in Finland during 2003-2004. The highest concentrations of pollen were observed in late spring and early summer, whereas the peak concentrations of other particles of biological origin (including e.g. fungal spores) occurred in August-September. Although the patterns in concentrations in 2003 and 2004 were similar, the concentration levels were significantly different between the years. The contribution of pollen and other particles of biological origin led to an increase in the measured particulate matter (PM) mass during the pollen season (mass of pollen and other particles of biological origin 5.9 and 0.4 µg m-3, respectively, in respect to PMtotal mass of 9.9 µg m-3) but the effect on total particle number was negligible. The other particles of biological origin constituted the largest fraction of measured primary biological aerosol particle (PBAP) numbers (~99%), whereas pollen showed a higher relative mass fraction (~97%) of PBAP. These results underline the important contribution of PBAP to coarse atmospheric particle mass providing up to 65% of the total mass during the peak pollen season.
ACCESSION #
97925238

 

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