A review of atmospheric aerosol measurements

Peter H. McMurry

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A review is made on the recent developments in atmospheric aerosol measurements. The review focuses on measurements of aerosol integral properties, aerosol physical chemical properties, measurements of aerosol size distributions, and measurements of size-resolved aerosol composition. It is emphasized that such measurements play a key role in studies of secondary aerosol formation by atmospheric chemical transformations and enable to quantify the contributions of various species to effects such as light scattering/absorption, health effects, and dry deposition among others.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1959-1999
Number of pages41
JournalAtmospheric Environment
Issue number12-14
StatePublished - 2000

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Funding Information:
Preparation of this review was supported in part by the Electric Power Research Institute through Grant No. EPRI W09116-08/W04105-01 and in part by the Department of Energy through Grant No. DE-FG02-91ER61205. Colleagues too numerous to mention have readily responded to my requests for information. Thank you all.


  • Aerosol sampling
  • Fine particles
  • Particle properties
  • Size distributions


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