Improving the source identification and apportionment of volatile organic compounds in Houston, TX

Birnur Buzcu, Matthew Fraser

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Abstract

Hourly concentrations of ambient VOC were analyzed between June and October 2003 at three sites to further understand emissions of VOC in the Houston area and the role of specific sources and source areas. The most important VOC sources affecting these three sites were consistent with the emissions from refineries, petrochemical production facilities, gasoline and natural gas emissions. Other sources, which have minor contributions to VOC concentrations, included aromatics emissions, industrial emissions, biogenic and mobile source/transient industrial. An interpretation of the likely source regions would be possible as the conditional probability function and potential source contribution function are calculated and the results for the three sites are compared to confirm the potential VOC source areas. The results of these analyses could be used to evaluate the emissions inventory for large point sources in Houston, which might then suggest effective control strategies for VOC emissions. This is an abstract of a paper presented at the 98th AWMA Annual Conference and Exhibition (Minneapolis, MN 6/21-24/2005).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Air and Waste Management Association's Annual Conference and Exhibition, AWMA
Volume2005
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes
EventAir and Waste Management Association's - 98th annual Conference and Exhibition - Minneapolis, MN, United States
Duration: Jun 21 2005Jun 24 2005

Other

OtherAir and Waste Management Association's - 98th annual Conference and Exhibition
CountryUnited States
CityMinneapolis, MN
Period6/21/056/24/05

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Energy(all)

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    Buzcu, B., & Fraser, M. (2005). Improving the source identification and apportionment of volatile organic compounds in Houston, TX. In Proceedings of the Air and Waste Management Association's Annual Conference and Exhibition, AWMA (Vol. 2005)