Elemental composition and potential toxicity of airborne particles at some urban schools
Crilley, L.R., Ayoko, G.A., Stecer, E., Cohen, D.D., & Morawska, L. (2013) Elemental composition and potential toxicity of airborne particles at some urban schools. In European Aerosol Conference 2013, 1-6 September 2013, Clarion Congress Hotel, Prague.
Although both the size and chemical composition of ambient particles are important parameters in determining their toxicities, their relative contributions are unclear (Heal et al., 2012). Children are particularly at risk to the detrimental health effects that have been linked to long term exposure to airborne particles (See e.g. Ruckerl et al., 2011). However, there is currently limited understanding of the health effects in children due to long term exposure to airborne particles. Schools are locations within an urban environment where children experience significant exposure to vehicle emissions, and to date there is limited information assessing children’s exposure at school. This study is a part of a large project aimed at gaining a holistic picture of the exposure of children to traffic related pollutants. In the current paper, results from the investigation of the elemental composition of airborne particle at urban schools are presented.
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