The Effect of Government Policies on the Temporal Development of Contamination Characteristics Within the Aerosol Distribution in Beijing, China

  • Yuan Chen
  • Nina Schleicher
  • Yizhen Chen
  • Fahe Chai
  • Shulan Wang
  • Stefan Norra
Conference paper


To host Green Olympic Games, the Beijing municipal government took comprehensive measures to improve air quality in 2008, which partly are still in force in 2012. The aim of this study is to investigate the temporal distribution of aerosol contamination characteristics and their variations under different government intervention policies. PM2.5 samples were collected continuously from 2007 to 2010 in the north of Beijing City. Element concentrations were analyzed by HR-ICP-MS. Results showed that concentrations of traffic-related elements such as Sn, Sb and Pb varied with the strength of traffic restrictions. Elements like Cr, Co and Ni, which are correlated with industries, were reduced under special policies like the relocation of Capital Steel Company. In general, the improving air quality demonstrates the success of government intervention policies although still the concentrations are too high if compared to international threshold values.


Olympic Game Restriction Police License Plate Beijing City Sand Dust Storm 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yuan Chen
    • 1
  • Nina Schleicher
    • 1
    • 2
  • Yizhen Chen
    • 3
  • Fahe Chai
    • 3
  • Shulan Wang
    • 3
  • Stefan Norra
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Mineralogy and Geochemistry, Karlsruhe Institute of TechnologyKarlsruheGermany
  2. 2.Institute of Geography and Geoecology, Karlsruhe Institute of TechnologyKarlsruheGermany
  3. 3.Institute of Urban and Regional Atmospheric SciencesChinese Research Academy of Environmental SciencesBeijingChina

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