Characteristics of particulate matter pollution during August 2009 in Beijing

Lin Lin Wang, Shu Lan Wang, Xin Feng Wang, Zheng Xu, Sheng Zhen Zhou, Chao Yuan, Yang Chun Yu, Tao Wang, Wen Xing Wang

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In order to investigate the characteristics of air quality of atmospheric particulate matter pollution in Beijing one year after the 2008 Olympic Games, particulate matter samples were collected in Beijing during August 2009. The daily mass concentrations of particles were measured and ions in them were also analyzed. Results showed that the mean daily mass concentrations of PM10and PM2.5in Beijing were 176.9 μg/m3and 102.5 μg/m3in August 2009, respectively. The concentrations of PM10in 2009 were 180% higher than those in the same period of 2008 and 10% lower than those in 2007. The observed PM2.5concentrations in 2009 were 126% higher than 2008 and 31% higher than 2007. Water-soluble ions were the major components and accounted for 43% and 61% of PM10and PM2.5, respectively. The ratios of PM2.5/PM10and NO3-/SO42-were much higher in polluted days than those in clear days, and the local mobile emission was the major polluted source in Beijing. The concentrations of PM10and PM2.5were significantly influenced by the weather conditions such as wind speed, wind direction and the rainfall process. Heavy particulate matter pollution was presented in case of southeast wind with wind speed of 0.5~1.0 m/s.
Original languageChinese (Simplified)
Pages (from-to)553-560
Number of pages8
JournalZhongguo Huanjing Kexue/China Environmental Science
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2011


  • Beijing Olympic Games
  • Beijing particulate matter
  • Water-soluble ions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)

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