posted on 7:00 PM, July 6, 2016
Project Leader: Allan Bertram
It is well known that there is a strong correlation between atmospheric concentrations of particles less than 2.5 microns in size (PM2.5) and negative health effects. A key component of PM2.5 is black carbon. Researchers will assess the importance of long-range transport of black carbon from Asia to British Columbia by a combination of field measurements, data analysis and modelling studies. Understanding background levels of black carbon and the impact of transport from Asia on these levels is an important factor for air quality management issues. For example, an increase in background black carbon levels can make it more difficult to meet provincial ambient air quality criteria.