Articles | Volume 14, issue 4
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 3195–3216, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-14-3195-2021
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 3195–3216, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-14-3195-2021

Research article 30 Apr 2021

Research article | 30 Apr 2021

Intercomparison and characterization of 23 Aethalometers under laboratory and ambient air conditions: procedures and unit-to-unit variabilities

Andrea Cuesta-Mosquera et al.

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Measurements of black carbon must be conducted with instruments operating in quality-checked and assured conditions to generate reliable and comparable data. Here, 23 Aethalometers monitoring black carbon mass concentrations in European networks were characterized and intercompared. The influence of different aerosol sources, maintenance activities, and the filter material on the instrumental variabilities were investigated. Good agreement and in general low deviations were seen.