Title: Passive samplers for air quality monitoring in a Brazilian university

Authors: Letícia Canal Vieira; Eduardo Pavan Korf; Luciana Londero Brandli

Addresses: University of Passo Fundo (UPF), São José District, BR 285, 99052-900, Passo Fundo, Brazil ' University of Passo Fundo (UPF), São José District, BR 285, 99052-900, Passo Fundo, Brazil ' Environment and Civil Engineering Post Graduation, University of Passo Fundo, São José District, BR 285, 99052-900, Passo Fundo, Brazil

Abstract: The aim of this paper was to evaluate the applicability of passive samplers for the monitoring and diagnosis of air pollution at Passo Fundo University, focusing on atmospheric pollutants NO2 and O3. The samplers were built in accordance with already verified methodologies and were placed in several locations in the university campus, namely: energy generator, pool heating boiler, entrance porch, an exhaustion chamber and a place with less anthropic influence to represent the blank. Higher concentrations of pollutants were encountered in the samplers located near the energy generator, followed by the ones in the boiler. Nevertheless, all the results were pursuant to the Brazilian legislation for air quality. The cost of these samplers was also considered and was regarded as viable for academic use and as a first step in air quality control.

Keywords: air quality monitoring; air pollution monitoring; Ficks's law; higher education institutions; nitrogen dioxide; NO2; O3; ozone; passive samplers; Brazil.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEP.2013.058813

International Journal of Environment and Pollution, 2013 Vol.53 No.1/2, pp.148 - 158

Received: 02 Apr 2013
Accepted: 21 Aug 2013

Published online: 22 Jan 2014 *

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