Variability of intra-urban exposure to particulate matter and CO from Asian-type community pollution sources

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Asian residential communities are usually dotted with various spot pollution sources (SPS), such as restaurants, temples, and home factories, with traffic arteries passing through, resulting in higher intra-urban pollution variability compared with their western counterparts. Thus, it is important to characterize spatial variability of pollutant levels in order to assess accurately residents' exposures in their communities. The objectives of this study are to assess the actual pollutant levels and variability within an Asian urban area and to evaluate the influence of vehicle emission and various SPS on the exposure levels within communities. Real-time monitoring was conducted for a total of 123 locations for particulate matter (PM) and CO in Taipei metropolitan, Taiwan. The mean concentrations for PM 1 , PM 2.5 , PM 10 , and CO are 29.8±22.7, 36.0±25.5, 61.9±35.0μgm -3 and 4.0±2.5ppm, respectively. The mean values of PM 1 /PM 2.5 and PM 2.5 /PM 10 are 0.80±0.10 and 0.57±0.15, respectively. PM and CO levels at locations near SPS could be increased by 3.5-4.9 times compared with those at background locations. Regression results show that restaurants contribute significantly 6.18, 6.33, 7.27μgm -3 , and 1.64ppm to community PM 1 , PM 2.5 , PM 10 , and CO levels, respectively; while the contribution from temples are 13.2, 15.1, and 17.2μgm -3 for PM 1 , PM 2.5 and PM 10 , respectively. Additionally, construction sites elevate nearby PM 10 levels by 14.2μgm -3 . At bus stops and intersections, vehicle emissions increased PM 1 and PM 2.5 levels by 5μgm -3 . These results demonstrate significant contribution of community sources to air pollution, and thus the importance of assessing intra-community variability in Asian cities for air pollution and health studies. The methodology used is applicable to other Asian countries with similar features. © 2013 The Authors.




Lung, S. C. C., Hsiao, P. K., Wen, T. Y., Liu, C. H., Fu, C. B., & Cheng, Y. T. (2014). Variability of intra-urban exposure to particulate matter and CO from Asian-type community pollution sources. Atmospheric Environment, 83, 6–13.

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