Title: Characteristics, spatial distributions and main aerosol sources around the area of Shkodra Lake

Authors: Florian Mandija

Addresses: Department of Physics, University of Shkodra, Albania

Abstract: Estimating aerosol presence lets us evaluate the real situation of aerosol concentration as well as the contribution of principal sources in the region of Shkodra Lake. Several locations are selected in this measurement campaign; urban centre of Shkodra City and other minor rural centres around the perimeter of Shkodra Lake. In this campaign are monitored PMs number and mass concentrations of aerosol particles in these centres, and then are obtained conclusions about emission sources and transport mechanisms, which control the aerosol concentrations over these areas. The values of PMx concentrations in both locations are near the thresholds of international recommendations and sometimes exceed these limits, especially in the urban centre of Shkodra. Urban centre, nearest populated rural centres and traffic are the principal aerosol sources in this area.

Keywords: particulate matter; mass concentration; air quality; Shkodra Lake; spatial distribution; aerosol sources; Albania; air pollution; emission sources; transport mechanisms; urban centres; rural centres; traffic emissions.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.2015.072654

International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, 2015 Vol.25 No.3, pp.259 - 273

Available online: 23 Oct 2015 *

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