Application of an emission profile-based method to trace the sources of volatile organic compounds in a chemical industrial park.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The accurate source tracing of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in complicated source environments is challenging to perform, as similar pollutants may be emitted from different chemical processes. An emission profile-based source tracing method, based on comparing similarities between source profiles and ambient air profiles, was evaluated, and was found to improve the tracing efficiency. Emission profiles were acquired from a typical chemical industrial park in the Yangtze River Delta, China. A total of 30 process-based emission profiles comprising 107 VOC species were investigated and similarities among them were calculated. This analysis demonstrated that the similarities between emissions from various chemical processes are universal. Source tracing was then conducted for six air pollution episodes, based on the emission profile-based source tracing method combined with wind speed and direction data. The results showed that the proposed approach represents an efficient method for source tracing. This study enriches the database of source profiles for petroleum-related industries. The emission profiles from references and the air pollution episodes augment the emission profile database, especially under abnormal emission conditions. The database will more effectively serve future source-tracing cases, creating a virtuous circle that improves source tracing efficiency.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Huang, Y; Xiu, G; Lu, Y; Gao, S; Li, L; Chen, L; Huang, Q; Yang, Y; Che, X; Chen, X; Fu, Q

Published Date

  • May 1, 2021

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 768 /

Start / End Page

  • 144694 -

PubMed ID

  • 33434809

Pubmed Central ID

  • 33434809

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1879-1026

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0048-9697

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.144694


  • eng