Title: Particulate pollution from motor vehicles in an urban street canyon in Nottingham, UK

Authors: Anil Namdeo, Christopher Baker, Jeremy Colls

Addresses: Environmental Science Division, University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington Campus, Loughborough LE12 5RD, UK. Department of Civil Engineering, University of Nottingham, UK. Environmental Science Division, University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington Campus, Loughborough LE12 5RD, UK

Abstract: Examining air quality information is important in understanding possible human exposure and potential impacts in health and welfare. It has recently been realised that smaller-diameter particulate pollutants are implicated in the increasing incidence of asthma and cancer. This paper presents the results of a study on particulate pollution from motor vehicles in urban areas. PM10 and other fractions of airborne particulate matters were measured using two aerosol spectrometers in an urban street canyon in Nottingham, UK. Detailed information on traffic flow and vehicles was collected using video recording and sample surveys. Variations in temporal, spatial and size distributions of PM10 and inhalable, thoracic and alveolic fractions of particulates are presented. This study will be of benefit to researchers in the field of atmospheric dispersion modelling and to epidemiologists looking at the health effects of particulate pollution.

Keywords: motor vehicles; particulates; PM10; street canyon.

DOI: 10.1504/IJVD.1998.001833

International Journal of Vehicle Design, 1998 Vol.20 No.1/2/3/4, pp.10-20

Published online: 18 Aug 2003 *

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