Humic-like substances global levels and extraction methods in aerosols

Naoya Katsumi*, Shuhei Miyake, Hiroshi Okochi, Yukiya Minami, Hiroshi Kobayashi, Shungo Kato, Ryuichi Wada, Masaki Takeuchi, Kei Toda, Kazuhiko Miura

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The abundance of humic-like substances in the atmosphere has received considerable attention since these substances play an important role in various atmospheric processes. The wide variety of quantitative techniques used to study humic-like substances produce dissimilar results, making data comparison difficult. Also, global background concentrations and the transfer of atmospheric humic-like substances are poorly known. Here, we compared resins to extract humic-like substances in aerosols, and we measured contents in aerosols from Mt. Fuji. Results show that diethylaminoethyl cellulose resins extracted more humic-like substances than the diethylaminoethyl resin (hydroxylated methacrylic polymer). The mean humic-like substances concentrations in the free troposphere in East Asia is similar to that in Europe, suggesting that the global background level of humic-like substances is 0.05 μg C m−3, based on the humic-like substances concentrations on Mt. Fuji and Mt. Sonnblick. Humic-like substances concentrations, especially fulvic acids concentration, at the summit of Mt. Fuji increased when air masses came from the continent along with the carbon monoxide and ozone.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1023-1029
Number of pages7
JournalEnvironmental Chemistry Letters
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jun 15


  • Diethylaminoethyl resin
  • Free troposphere
  • Humic-like substances
  • Water-soluble organic carbon

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry


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