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Atmospheric PM2.5 and Depositions of Polychlorinated Dibenzo-p-dioxins and Dibenzofurans in Kaohsiung Area, Southern Taiwan

Category: Air Toxics

Volume: 16 | Issue: 7 | Pages: 1775-1791
DOI: 10.4209/aaqr.2016.04.0168

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Lee, K.L., Lee, W.J., Mwangi, J.K., Wang, L.C., Gao, X. and Chang-Chien, G.P. (2016). Atmospheric PM2.5 and Depositions of Polychlorinated Dibenzo-p-dioxins and Dibenzofurans in Kaohsiung Area, Southern Taiwan. Aerosol Air Qual. Res. 16: 1775-1791. doi: 10.4209/aaqr.2016.04.0168.

Kuan-Lin Lee1, Wen-Jhy Lee 1,2, John Kennedy Mwangi 1, Lin-Chi Wang2, Xiang Gao4, Guo-Ping Chang-Chien5

  • 1 Department of Environmental Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, No.1, University Road, Tainan 70101, Taiwan
  • 2 Sustainable Environment Research Laboratories, National Cheng Kung University, No. 500, Sec. 3, An-Ming Rd., Annan District, Tainan City, Tainan 70955, Taiwan
  • 3 Department of Civil Engineering and Geomatics, Cheng Shiu University, 840, Chengching Rd., Kaohsiung 833, Taiwan
  • 4 State Key Laboratory of Clean Energy Utilization, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027, China
  • 5 Super Micro Mass Research & Technology Center, Cheng Shiu University, 840, Chengcing Rd., Niaosong Dist., Kaohsiung 833, Taiwan


Describe the levels of PM2.5, PM10 and TSP at urban, rural and industrial sites.
Simulate the atmospheric PCDD/F concentration for urban, rural and industrial site.
Present simulated monthly dry, wet and total deposition fluxes of PCDD/Fs.
Evaluate the dry deposition velocities of PCDD/Fs.
Evaluate the rainfall concentration and scavenging ratios of PCDD/Fs.


Kaohsiung County, in southern Taiwan, has both highly industrial and rural areas. In this study, the characteristics of PCDD/Fs in the ambient air of Kaohsiung (urban), Meinong (rural) and Xiaogang (heavy industrial zone) in 2014 and 2015 were modeled based on the prevailing meteorological conditions and the measured ambient air concentrations of PM2.5, PM10 and TSP. The yearly average PM2.5 concentrations in the ambient air of the three areas were in the range of 23 to 31 µg m–3, all above the National Air Quality Standard of Taiwan (15 µg m–3). The simulated average concentrations of PCDD/Fs in the whole of Kaohsiung area in terms of toxicity equivalent were in the range of 0.034–0.053 pg WHO2005-TEQ m–3. The average total deposition fluxes of total-PCDD/Fs-WHO2005-TEQ ranged between 155.4 and 276.6 pg WHO2005-TEQ m–2 month–1 with 1,2,3,7,8-PeCCD and 2,3,4,7,8-PeCDF being the dominant congeners in terms of PCDD/Fs WHO2005-TEQ. Xiaogang area with highly industrial activities had the highest concentrations of PM2.5 and PCDD/Fs and corresponding total-PCDD/Fs WHO2005-TEQ deposition fluxes, while the Meinong in the rural site recorded the lowest. Average dry deposition velocities of total PCDD/Fs WHO2005-TEQ for both 2014 and 2015 were 0.162, 0.148 and 0.161 cm s–1 for Kaohsiung, Meinong and Xiaogang, respectively, while the average scavenging ratios of total PCDD/Fs WHO2005-TEQ were 6232, 4701 and 6802, for Kaohsiung, Meinong and Xiaogang, respectively. The information provided in this work is useful for both further studies and environmental control strategies concerning atmospheric aerosols and dioxins.


PCDD/Fs PM2.5 PM10 Wet deposition Dry deposition

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