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Title: Wintertime spatio-temporal variation of ultrafine particles in a Belgian city
Authors: Mishra, Vinit K.
Kumar, Prashant
Van Poppel, Martine
Bleux, Nico
Frijns, Evelien
Reggente, Matteo
Berghmans, Patrick
Int Panis, Luc
Samson, Roeland
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
Citation: SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT, 431, p. 307-313
Abstract: Simultaneous measurements of ultrafine particles (UFPs) were carried out at four sampling locations situated within a 1 km(2) grid area in a Belgian city, Borgerhout (Antwerp). All sampling sites had different orientation and height of buildings and dissimilar levels of anthropogenic activities (mainly traffic volume). The aims were to investigate: (i) the spatio-temporal variation of UFP within the area, (ii) the effect of wind direction with respect to the volume of traffic on UFP levels, and (iii) the spatial representativeness of the official monitoring station situated in the study area. All sampling sites followed similar diurnal patterns of UFP variation, but effects of local traffic emissions were evident. Wind direction also had a profound influence on UFP concentrations at certain sites. The results indicated a clear influence of local weather conditions and the more dominant effect of traffic volumes. Our analysis indicated that the regional air quality monitoring station represented the other sampling sites in the study area reasonably well; temporal patterns were found to be comparable though the absolute average concentrations showed differences of up to 35%. (C) 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Notes: [Kumar, Prashant] Univ Surrey, Fac Engn & Phys Sci FEPS, Div Civil Chem & Environm Engn, Guildford GU2 7XH, Surrey, England. [Mishra, Vinit K.; Van Poppel, Martine; Bleux, Nico; Frijns, Evelien; Reggente, Matteo; Berghmans, Patrick; Panis, Luc Int] Vlaamse Instelling Technol Onderzoek, Flemish Inst Technol Res, B-2400 Mol, Belgium. [Mishra, Vinit K.; Samson, Roeland] Univ Antwerp, Dept Biosci Engn, B-2020 Antwerp, Belgium. [Mishra, Vinit K.] Underwriters Labs Management Syst Solut India Pri, Bangalore, India. [Kumar, Prashant] Univ Surrey, FEPS, Environm Flow EnFlo Res Ctr, Guildford GU2 7XH, Surrey, England. [Reggente, Matteo] Univ Ghent, Dept Informat Technol INTEC, Ghent, Belgium. [Panis, Luc Int] Univ Hasselt, Transportat Res Inst, Diepenbeek, Belgium.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/13978
DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2012.05.054
ISI #: 000306887900037
ISSN: 0048-9697
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validation: ecoom, 2013
Appears in Collections: Transportation Behaviour
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