Articles | Volume 15, issue 21
Research article
08 Nov 2022
Research article |  | 08 Nov 2022

The effect of the averaging period for PMF analysis of aerosol mass spectrometer measurements during offline applications

Christina Vasilakopoulou, Iasonas Stavroulas, Nikolaos Mihalopoulos, and Spyros N. Pandis

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Offline aerosol mass spectrometer (AMS) measurements can provide valuable information about ambient organic aerosols when online AMS measurements are not available. In this study, we examine whether and how the low time resolution (usually 24 h) of the offline technique affects source apportionment results. We concluded that use of the daily averages resulted in estimated average contributions that were within 8 % of the total OA compared with the high-resolution analysis.