Air Pollution – Nature and Origin of PM10 and Smaller Particulate Matter in Urban Air

ERTDI Report 48 – Jennings et al

Summary: A study of the major source categories contributing to particulate air pollution in urban and non-urban areas in Ireland. This report was prepared as part of the Environmental Research Technological Development and Innovation Programme under the Productive Sector Operational Programme 2000–2006.

Published: 2006

ISBN: 1-84095-191-5

Pages: 116

Filesize: 2,844KB

Format: pdf

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Executive summary

The major source categories contributing to particulate air pollution in urban as well as non-urban areas of Ireland were studied over an 18-month period (July 2001 to December 2002) using measurements at five sites including urban roadside, urban centre/background, rural and coastal environments.

Daily fine and coarse aerosol samples were collected at each site using dichotomous Partisol samplers. The measurements included gravimetric mass (PM10, PM2.5 and PM2.5–10), soluble ions, elemental carbon (EC) and organic carbon (OC).

Measurements of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) content as well as trace metal concentration of samples were also carried out. In addition, more intensive measurements were carried out over a four-week period at three of the sites (rural, city centre and coastal), which included size-resolved (12 size categories) impactor sampling as well as condensation particle count (CPC) and SO2, NO, NO2, NOx, O3 and CO gaseous measurements.

Full executive summary in report.