Characterization of PM10and PM2.5source profiles for fugitive dust in Hong Kong

K. F. Ho, Shuncheng Lee, Judith C. Chow, John G. Watson

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PM10and PM2.5chemical source profiles from Hong Kong were investigated for paved road dust and soil. These profiles are needed for urban-scale speciated emissions inventories and for source apportionment by receptor modeling. Five urban soil and five paved road dust samples were collected, dried and sieved, resuspended in a laboratory chamber, air drawn through PM10and PM2.5inlet onto Teflon and quartz filters. The filter samples were submitted for both gravimetric and chemical analyses. Chemical analyses included X-ray fluorescence for elemental composition, ion chromatography for water soluble chloride, nitrate, sulfate, atomic absorption spectrophotometry for water soluble sodium and potassium, automated colorimetric analysis for ammonium and thermal/optical reflectance analysis for carbon species. The PM2.5constituted 11-30% of the PM10in all geological samples. Al, Si and organic carbon (OC) are abundant constituents in all paved road dust and soil samples. The chemical abundances of PM2.5and PM10for a given source type were similar for most species. In addition, results from resuspended soil (three sets), paved road dust (five sets), aggregate (three sets) and cement (two sets) were obtained from Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department (HKEPD) for comparison as well as mass closure analysis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1023-1032
Number of pages10
JournalAtmospheric Environment
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2003


  • Fugitive dust
  • Hong Kong
  • PM 10
  • PM 2.5
  • Source profile

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science
  • Atmospheric Science


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