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Preliminary results on the characterisation of organic aerosols in urban schools by Aerosol Mass Spectrometry

Crilley, Leigh R., Ayoko, Godwin A., Jayaratne, Rohan, & Morawska, Lidia (2012) Preliminary results on the characterisation of organic aerosols in urban schools by Aerosol Mass Spectrometry. In European Aerosol Conference 2012, 2-7 September 2012, Parque de las Ciencias, Granada, Spain. (Unpublished)

Abstract

Vehicle emissions have been linked to detrimental health effects with children thought to be more susceptible (See e.g., Ryan et al 2005). In an urban environment a major source of organic aerosols (OA) are vehicle emissions. The ambient concentration of OA is dynamic in nature and the use of an aerosol mass spectrometer can achieve the necessary temporal resolution to capture the daily variation of OA (Jimenez et al 2009). Currently there is a limited understanding of effects of long term exposure to traffic emissions on children’s health. In the present study, we used an aerosol mass spectrometer to monitor OA and determine children’s potential exposure at school to traffic emissions.In this paper, we present the preliminary results of this investigation. The study is a part of a larger project aimed at gaining a holistic picture of the exposure of children to traffic related pollutants, known as UPTECH (www.ilaqh.qut.edu.au/Misc/ UPTECH%20Home.htm).

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ID Code: 54118
Item Type: Conference Item (Poster)
Keywords: Vehicle emissions, Schools, Organic aerosols, air quality
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 The Authors
Deposited On: 12 Oct 2012 09:38
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2012 09:42

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