Distinguishing natural and anthropogenic sources of aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons using natural abundance radiocarbon measurements

TitleDistinguishing natural and anthropogenic sources of aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons using natural abundance radiocarbon measurements
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsGustafsson, Ö, Mandalakis M, Zencak Z, Reddy CM, Klanova J, Holoubek I, Stephanou EG
Conference NameACS National Meeting Book of Abstracts
Abstract

Inspired by the seminal work of Wakeham and Giger decades ago on apportioning hydrocarbons between biogenic and anthropogenic sources, this paper will present recent progress on combining their source-specific molecular marker approach with compound-specific radiocarbon analysis (CSRA) to further elucidate the sources of natural and anthropogenic compounds in the environment. Recent CSRA studies of n-alkanes and PAHs in surface sediments and in air collected in northern, central and southern Europe combine to reveal both inter-compound, inter-regional and inter-seasonal variations in sources. Modern biogenic sources contribute a significant portion (frequently up to 50%) of the environmental load of PAHs and airborne long-chained n-alkanes in the contemporary environment, suggesting that such sources should be scrutinized for effective reduction.

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