Articles | Volume 14, issue 6
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 4171–4185, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-14-4171-2021
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 4171–4185, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-14-4171-2021

Research article 07 Jun 2021

Research article | 07 Jun 2021

Detection of ship plumes from residual fuel operation in emission control areas using single-particle mass spectrometry

Johannes Passig et al.

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Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on amt-2020-482', Anonymous Referee #1, 04 Feb 2021
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Johannes Passig, 27 Mar 2021
  • RC2: 'Review of amt-2020-482', Anonymous Referee #2, 05 Feb 2021
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Johannes Passig, 27 Mar 2021

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
AR by Johannes Passig on behalf of the Authors (27 Mar 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (06 Apr 2021) by Markus Rapp
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (18 Apr 2021)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (19 Apr 2021) by Markus Rapp
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Short summary
Ships are major sources of air pollution; however, monitoring of ship emissions outside harbours is a challenging task. We optimized single-particle mass spectrometry (SPMS) for the detection of bunker fuel emissions and demonstrate the detection of individual ship plumes from more than 10 km in distance. The approach works independently of background air pollution and also when ships use exhaust-cleaning scrubbers. We discuss the potential and limits of SPMS-based monitoring of ship plumes.