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Monitoring of ultrafine particles in French regional air quality network

Shouwen Zhang
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T. Aleixo
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Alexandre Thomasson
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Pierre-Yves Guernion
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F. Pin
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B. Mesbah
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F. Roze
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F. Chevrier
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V. Pouchain
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Monitoring of ultrafine particles (UFP) in the ambient air is ongoing since 2012 in France. A national working group was created in 2014, including nowadays five French regional air quality monitoring networks. The main instrument selected to monitor UFP is the particle sizer “UFP-3031” (TSI Inc.). It measures the particle number concentration between 20 and 800 nm with six size channels. Two intercomparisons were organized in 2014 and 2015, which evaluated the accuracy of this instrument through a comparison with other techniques (such as Scanning Mobility Particle Sizer, SMPS), and through uncertainty calculations. Recently, several networks have been also equipped with CPC (condensation particle counter) to be able to measure the total UFP number concentration from 7 nm. This work presents the main results of short and long-term measurement of UFP which have been carried out in various environments: urban/traffic sites, near heavy industry zones (Dunkerque and Fos-sur-Mer in northern and southern France, respectively), near harbor area (Nice)… For urban/ traffic environment, the number concentration and size distribution are compared at the national level; it appears that they vary significantly depending on the influence of road traffic around the site. The concentration levels near traffic sites are at least twice than in the urban area, especially for UFP smaller than 50 nm. Additionally, the UFP measurement also makes it possible to improve the identification of specific sources and to understand the atmospheric physicochemical phenomena. The relationship between UFP and industrial emissions, ferries, forest fires was clearly identified in different places in France. During summer, the UFP monitoring also shows the formation of new particles (between 20-30 nm or smaller) in the afternoon, due to photochemical reactions. From 2019, the French national strategy on UFP will start putting a particular emphasis on the impact of UFP on human health.
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ineris-03237249 , version 1 (26-05-2021)


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Shouwen Zhang, T. Aleixo, Alexandre Thomasson, Pierre-Yves Guernion, F. Pin, et al.. Monitoring of ultrafine particles in French regional air quality network. EFCA International Symposium on ultrafine particles "Air quality and climate", May 2019, Bruxelles, Belgium. ⟨ineris-03237249⟩


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