Articles | Volume 11, issue 3
Research article
16 May 2017
Research article |  | 16 May 2017

Properties of black carbon and other insoluble light-absorbing particles in seasonal snow of northwestern China

Wei Pu, Xin Wang, Hailun Wei, Yue Zhou, Jinsen Shi, Zhiyuan Hu, Hongchun Jin, and Quanliang Chen


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AR by Wei Pu on behalf of the Authors (23 Feb 2017)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (08 Mar 2017) by Florent Dominé
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (05 Apr 2017)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (06 Apr 2017) by Florent Dominé
AR by Wei Pu on behalf of the Authors (11 Apr 2017)  Author's response    Manuscript
Short summary
We conducted a large field campaign to collect snow samples in Xinjiang. We measured insoluble light-absorbing particles with estimated black carbon concentrations of 10–150 ngg-1. We found a probable shift in emission sources with the progression of winter and dominated contributions of BC and OC to light absorption. A PMF model indicated an optimal three-factor/source solution that included industrial pollution, biomass burning, and soil dust.