Environmental Monitoring and Assessment

, Volume 171, Issue 1–4, pp 441–456 | Cite as

Urban and suburban aerosol in Yokohama, Japan: a comprehensive chemical characterization

  • Md. Firoz KhanEmail author
  • Yuichiro Shirasuna
  • Koichiro Hirano
  • Shigeki Masunaga


This article analyses elemental composition of suspended particulate matter (SPM) samples collected monthly from 1999 to 2005 at two locations in Yokohama, Japan. Microwave digestion and inductively coupled plasma mass spectroscopy was employed to measure Mg, Al, Ca, V, Cr, Mn, Ni, Cu, Zn, Ga, As, Se, Rb, Sr, Ag, Cd, Cs, Ba, Pb, and Bi. Water-soluble ions (Na + , NH4  + , K + , Ca2 + , Cl − , NO3  − , and SO4 2 − ) and carbonaceous mass (elemental and organic carbon) were detected using ion chromatograph and CHN analyzer, respectively. The results indicate that the composition of SPM on one of the sites is determined by automobile emissions and on the other by industrial combustions. The impact of the emission regulations for automobiles in large Japanese cities, which were enacted during 2002 and 2003, on the SPM composition of the samples is also studied.


Suspended particulate matter Trace metals Carbonaceous aerosol 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Md. Firoz Khan
    • 1
    Email author
  • Yuichiro Shirasuna
    • 2
  • Koichiro Hirano
    • 2
  • Shigeki Masunaga
    • 1
  1. 1.Graduate School of Environment & Information SciencesYokohama National UniversityYokohamaJapan
  2. 2.Yokohama City Research Institute for Environmental ScienceYokohamaJapan

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