Correlations between urban atmospheric light extinction coefficients and fine particle mass concentrations

A. TRIER, N. CABRINI, J. FERRER, I. OLAETA

Abstract

Total horizontal atmospheric light extinction coefficients as well as particle mass concentrations have been measured in downtown areas of Santiago de Chile, a heavily polluted city. Measurement campaigns were carried out in 1994 and in 1995. Extinction measurements were made by a telephotometric technique in four wavelength bands; oscillating mass balance type instruments were used to measure PM2.5 and PM 10 mass concentrations. The latter type instrument had not been available heretofore. The extensive continuous PM2.5 measurements are the first for this city. Strong and highly significant statistical correlations were found between extinction coefficients and mass concentrations, especially with the fine respirable or PM2.5 mass concentrations. Angström exponents and. in one case. mass extinction coefficients have been estimated.

Keywords

Light extinction; Angström exponent; PM24 mass concentration; PM10 mass concentration

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