Identification of the sources of primary organic aerosols at urban schools : a molecular marker approach

Crilley, Leigh R., Qadir, Raeed M., Ayoko, Godwin A., Schnelle-Kreis, Jürgen, Abbaszade, Gülcin, Orasche, Jürgen, Zimmermann, Ralf, & Morawska, Lidia (2014) Identification of the sources of primary organic aerosols at urban schools : a molecular marker approach. Environmental Pollution, 191, pp. 158-165.

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Abstract

Children are particularly susceptible to air pollution and schools are examples of urban microenvironments that can account for a large portion of children’s exposure to airborne particles. Thus this paper aimed to determine the sources of primary airborne particles that children are exposed to at school by analyzing selected organic molecular markers at 11 urban schools in Brisbane, Australia. Positive matrix factorization analysis identified four sources at the schools: vehicle emissions, biomass burning, meat cooking and plant wax emissions accounting for 45%, 29%, 16% and 7%, of the organic carbon respectively. Biomass burning peaked in winter due to prescribed burning of bushland around Brisbane. Overall, the results indicated that both local (traffic) and regional (biomass burning) sources of primary organic aerosols influence the levels of ambient particles that children are exposed at the schools. These results have implications for potential control strategies for mitigating exposure at schools.

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ID Code: 82009
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Positive Matrix Factorization, Sources, Primary organic aerosols, Exposure, Schools
DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2014.04.023
ISSN: 0269-7491
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EARTH SCIENCES (040000) > ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES (040100) > Atmospheric Aerosols (040101)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (050000) > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT (050200) > Environmental Management (050205)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING (090700) > Environmental Engineering not elsewhere classified (090799)
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 2014 Elsevier Ltd.
Copyright Statement: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Environmental Pollution. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Environmental Pollution, Volume 191, (August 2014), DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2014.04.023
Deposited On: 24 Feb 2015 23:23
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2016 22:14

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