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Source apportionment of ultrafine and fine particle concentrations in Brisbane, Australia

Friend, Adrian, Ayoko, Godwin A., Jayaratne, Rohan, Jamriska, Milan, Hopke, Phillip, & Morawska, Lidia (2012) Source apportionment of ultrafine and fine particle concentrations in Brisbane, Australia. Environmental Science & Pollution Research, 19(7), pp. 2942-2950.

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Abstract

Purpose: To investigate the significance of sources around measurement sites, assist the development of control strategies for the important sources and mitigate the adverse effects of air pollution due to particle size. Methods: In this study, sampling was conducted at two sites located in urban/industrial and residential areas situated at roadsides along the Brisbane Urban Corridor. Ultrafine and fine particle measurements obtained at the two sites in June-July 2002 were analysed by Positive Matrix Factorization (PMF). Results: Six sources were present, including local traffic, two traffic sources, biomass burning, and two currently unidentified sources. Secondary particles had a significant impact at Site 1, while nitrates, peak traffic hours and main roads located close to the source also affected the results for both sites. Conclusions: This significant traffic corridor exemplifies the type of sources present in heavily trafficked locations and future attempts to control pollution in this type of environment could focus on the sources that were identified.

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ID Code: 54084
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Positive Matrix Factorization, Particle number concentration, Urban corridor, Source identification
DOI: 10.1007/s11356-012-0803-6
ISSN: 1614-7499 (online) 0944-1344 (print)
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (050000) > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT (050200) > Environmental Monitoring (050206)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Springer-Verlag
Deposited On: 11 Oct 2012 05:36
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2012 00:28

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