Hygroscopic properties of particulate matter and effects of their interactions with weather on visibility

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The hygroscopic property of particulate matter (PM) influencing light scattering and absorption is vital for determining visibility and accurate sensing of PM using a low-cost sensor. In this study, we examined the hygroscopic properties of coarse PM (CPM) and fine PM (FPM; -PM2.5) and the effects of their interactions with weather factors on visibility. A censored regression model was built to investigate the relationships between CPM and -PM2.5 concentrations and weather observations. Based on the observed and modeled visibility, we computed the optical hygroscopic growth factor, f (RH), and the hygroscopic mass growth, GM(VIS), which were applied to -PM2.5 field measurement using a low-cost PM sensor in two different regions. The results revealed that the CPM and -PM2.5 concentrations negatively affect visibility according to the weather type, with substantial modulation of the interaction between the relative humidity (RH) and -PM2.5. The modeled f (RH) agreed well with the observed f (RH) in the RH range of the haze and mist. Finally, the RH-adjusted -PM2.5 concentrations based on the visibility-derived hygroscopic mass growth showed the accuracy of the low-cost PM sensor improved. These findings demonstrate that in addition to visibility prediction, relationships between PMs and meteorological variables influence light scattering PM sensing.
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NATURE PORTFOLIO
Issue Date
2021-08
Language
English
Article Type
Article
Citation

SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, v.11, no.1

ISSN
2045-2322
DOI
10.1038/s41598-021-95834-6
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10203/287657
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ME-Journal Papers(저널논문)
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