Articles | Volume 14, issue 2
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 1379–1403, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-14-1379-2021
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 1379–1403, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-14-1379-2021

Research article 23 Feb 2021

Research article | 23 Feb 2021

Comparison of co-located refractory black carbon (rBC) and elemental carbon (EC) mass concentration measurements during field campaigns at several European sites

Rosaria E. Pileci et al.

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AR by Martin Gysel-Beer on behalf of the Authors (17 Dec 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (20 Dec 2020) by Pierre Herckes
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (02 Jan 2021)
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (02 Jan 2021) by Pierre Herckes
AR by Martin Gysel-Beer on behalf of the Authors (04 Jan 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (07 Jan 2021) by Pierre Herckes
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Short summary
Black carbon (BC), which is an important constituent of atmospheric aerosols, remains difficult to quantify due to various limitations of available methods. This study provides an extensive comparison of co-located field measurements, applying two methods based on different principles. It was shown that both methods indeed quantify the same aerosol property – BC mass concentration. The level of agreement that can be expected was quantified, and some reasons for discrepancy were identified.