New method for measurements of black carbon

Black carbon (soot) is the most important airborne particulate pollutant affecting the climate and health. Black carbon is the result of incomplete combustion from both traffic and the burning of wood, and the emissions can travel thousands of kilometers in the atmosphere.

In collaboration with Dr. Hilkka Timonen's group of the Finnish Meteorological Institute, we are developing a new method for precise real-time monitoring of black carbon in the atmosphere. The work is supported by the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation.