Journal of Ecology and Rural Environment ›› 2018, Vol. 34 ›› Issue (2): 114-123.doi: 10.11934/j.issn.1673-4831.2018.02.003

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A Review of Researches on Atmospheric VOCs Monitoring Technique and Pollution Characteristics in China

HAN Cai-yun1,2, ZHAO Xin1, SHAN Yan-hong1, ZHANG Xiao-yu1, YIN Tang-bing1,3, ZHANG Chun-lei2, Lin Yu-suo1   

  1. 1. Nanjing Institute of Environmental Sciences, Ministry of Environmental Protection, Nanjing 210042, China;
    2. College of Environment, Hohai University, Nanjing 210098, China;
    3. College of Nanfang, Nanjing Forestry University, Nanjing 210037, China
  • Received:2017-06-16 Online:2018-02-25 Published:2018-02-09


In recent years, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) of precursor of photochemical smog and the key factors of the formation of hazy weather have aroused extensive concerns among scholars both at home and abroad. This is a review retrospecting and summarizing researches on source and sink, monitoring technology and pollution characteristics of atmospheric VOCs, in China. The review began with generalizing the source and sink of VOCs, including natural and anthropogenic sources of VOCs and main paths of removing the substances. Then the review went on discussing VOCs monitoring techniques used at home and abroad, analyzing and summarizing existing relevant environmental management standards and technical specifications in China, and collating and comparing VOCs pollution characteristics in typical urban atmospheres in recent years. From the aspects of species of VOCs detected, their concentration release levels and sources of releases, atmospheric VOCs pollution levels of various regions were evaluated, providing certain scientific basis for protection and pollution prevention of the atmospheric environment. In the end, based on the summarization of the current research progresses, some main problems existing in the current studies are pointed out and future directions and development are prospected.

Key words: atmosphere, VOCs, source and sink, monitoring technique, pollution characteristics

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