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Seasonal variation of particulate matter in the ambient conditions of Khanspur, Pakistan

Ali, Z and Shahzadi, K and Sidra, S and Zona, Z and Zainab, I and Aziz, K and Ahmad, M and Raza, ST and Nasir, ZA and Colbeck, I (2015) 'Seasonal variation of particulate matter in the ambient conditions of Khanspur, Pakistan.' Journal of Animal and Plant Sciences, 25 (3). pp. 700-705. ISSN 1018-7081


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Concentrations of particulate matter tend to vary with shifting seasons. Levels of particulate matter were monitored during the summer and winter season in Khanspur, a high altitude tourist resort in Pakistan. A DustTrak DRX (Model 8533, TSI Inc.) and Kestrel 4500 Pocket Weather Tracker (Nielsen- Kellerman) were installed at selected site in Khanspur and run for 24 hours. During summer the 24- hour average concentrations of PM<inf>1</inf>, PM<inf>2.5</inf>, PM<inf>4</inf>, PM<inf>10</inf> and PMTotal were 96 ± 26.42, 106± 29.02, 118± 33.3, 163± 52.5 and 209 ± 79.5 μg/m<sup>3</sup> while these were considerably lower during the winter season for the same size fractions (62 ± 48.6, 63± 49.3, 63 ± 49.5, 65.33 ± 50.06 and 66.96 ± 50.78μg/m<sup>3</sup>). A one way ANOVA was applied on the obtained data and it was concluded that seasons have a substantial impact upon PM concentrations. Moreover, this study provides evidence that seasonal variation of particulate matter is influenced by meteorological parameters.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Seasonal variation; Particulate pollution; Meteorological parameters; High altitude; Khanspur; Pakistan
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Life Sciences, School of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2016 09:07
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2022 11:08

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