Special Issue "Environmental Magnetism Applied to the Study of Atmospheric Aerosols"

A special issue of Atmosphere (ISSN 2073-4433). This special issue belongs to the section "Aerosols".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 August 2021) | Viewed by 2985

Special Issue Editors

Spanish Professional Association of Physicists, Madrid 28029, Spain
Interests: air quality; air pollution trends; aerosols; radiative transfer
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Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica & Vulcanologia, Via di Vigna Murata 605, 00143 Roma, Italy
Interests: rock magnetism; environmental magnetism; (bio)magnetic monitoring of pm; magnetic anisotropies
Sensors4IoT Department, Imec the Netherlands, High Tech Campus 31, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Interests: urban; air quality; biomonitoring; sensors; IoT; smart cities; environmental monitoring

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues, 

Tackling air pollution is fundamental to ensure our health and the health of ecosystems we rely on and guarantee sustainable development of our societies.

Scientific interest is focused on the development of innovative and multidisciplinary methodologies to understand the source apportionment and the spreading mechanisms of pollutants. In the ensemble of methodologies, environmental magnetism may play a role. Aerosols have remarkable magnetic properties related to the content of magnetic particles arising from both anthropogenic and natural processes.

Since early studies on magnetic aerosols in 1980, numerous studies have been carried out studying the origin, distribution, and fate of magnetic particles in our environment and their association with environmental contaminants such as particulate matter (PM), heavy metals, and NO2. Magnetic properties have been shown to depend on PM composition, and therefore, source contribution. Biomagnetic techniques have been developed using biological substrates (e.g., tree leaves) as passive accumulation surfaces for environmental contaminants. They present a low-cost methodology for environmental sampling at a high spatial resolution. However, they must be validated against well-controlled sampling methods.

The open-access journal Atmosphere is hosting a Special Issue with the aim of reviewing the state of the art in this subject, showing the extent, degree of application, and potentiality of these methodologies. 

Original results from field and controlled investigations, use of models, and review papers related to environmental magnetism applied to the air quality field are all welcomed. Contributions relating magnetic properties to specific health-relevant particulate matter constituents (heavy metals, PAHs, etc.), allowing for source attribution in mixed-source (e.g., urban) environments or bridging the gap between environmental magnetism and health effects from air pollution are highly encouraged. We also encourage the presentation of papers connected to the magnetic monitoring of the effects of the recent lockdown measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic on air quality. 

Dr. Arantxa Revuelta
Dr. Aldo Winkler
Dr. Jelle Hofman
Guest Editors

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  • Environmental magnetism
  • Aerosol
  • Source apportionment
  • Health-relevant PM constituents
  • Effects of lockdown measures
  • Biomagnetic monitoring
  • Air pollution
  • PM composition

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PM2.5 Magnetic Properties in Relation to Urban Combustion Sources in Southern West Africa
Atmosphere 2021, 12(4), 496; https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos12040496 - 14 Apr 2021
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The physico-chemical characteristics of particulate matter (PM) in African cities remain poorly known due to scarcity of observation networks. Magnetic parameters of PM are robust proxies for the emissions of Fe-bearing particles. This study reports the first magnetic investigation of PM2.5 (PM with [...] Read more.
The physico-chemical characteristics of particulate matter (PM) in African cities remain poorly known due to scarcity of observation networks. Magnetic parameters of PM are robust proxies for the emissions of Fe-bearing particles. This study reports the first magnetic investigation of PM2.5 (PM with aerodynamic size below 2.5 μm) in Africa performed on weekly PM2.5 filters collected in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) and Cotonou (Benin) between 2015 and 2017. The magnetic mineralogy is dominated by magnetite-like low coercivity minerals. Mass normalized SIRM are 1.65 × 10−2 A m2 kg−1 and 2.28 × 10−2 A m2 kg−1 for Abidjan and Cotonou respectively. Hard coercivity material (S-ratio = 0.96 and MDF = 33 mT) is observed during the dry dusty season. Wood burning emits less iron oxides by PM2.5 mass when compared to traffic sources. PM2.5 magnetic granulometry has a narrow range regardless of the site or season. The excellent correlation between the site-averaged element carbon concentrations and SIRM suggests that PM2.5 magnetic parameters are linked to primary particulate emission from combustion sources. Full article
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