Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Earth and Environmental Sciences


Chemistry and Biochemistry

First Advisor

Stanley, Brett

Second Advisor

Noblet, James

Third Advisor

Polidori, Andrea


This study was conducted at a site adjacent to the I-710 freeway in Long Beach California from March 7 to April 8 of 2012 to evaluate various black carbon and elemental carbon aerosol measurement methods. The measurement of carbonaceous aerosol is a growing field of study because of increasing interest into the climate and health effects of black carbon (BC), and important constituent of atmospheric particular matter (PM). Elemental carbon (EC) and BC are measurements of similar portions of carbon particulate matter, but two measures are operationally defined according to the method used for their detection.