Atmospheric Concentrations and Air-Soil Exchange of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) in Typical Urban-Rural Fringe of Wuhan-Ezhou Region, Central China.


Hubei Key Laboratory of Mine Environmental Pollution Control & Remediation, Hubei Polytechnic University, Huangshi, China. [Email]


During the summer of 2015, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the atmosphere were collected by passive air samplers in typical urban-rural fringe of Wuhan-Ezhou region, Central China. The results showed that 16 kinds of PAHs were ubiquitous with the concentrations of ∑16PAHs from 14.69 to 136.30 ng·m-3 and the mean concentration of 43.03 ng·m-3. Phenanthrene (Phe), fluoranthene (Fla) and pyrene (Pyr) were major components, which accounted for 81% of ∑16PAHs. PAHs atmospheric concentrations presented obvious spatial variation, being significantly related to geographical environment and influenced by anthropogenic activity. Air-soil exchange status of PAHs was discussed according to the fugacity fraction (ff). The results showed that HMW-PAHs behaved as net deposition, while LMW-PAHs were more likely to establish dynamic equilibrium between atmosphere and soil than MMW-PAHs and HMW-PAHs. For some PAHs, such as acenaphthylene (Acy) and anthracene (Ant), the soil acted as second sources of them.


Air–soil exchange,Atmospheric concentration,Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs),Spatial distribution,Urban–rural fringe,

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