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Monitoring of particulate matter concentrations at high altitude ecosystems of Pakistan and China

Zainab, I and Ali, Z and Ahmad, MS and Zona, Z and Raza, ST and Safdar, S and Nasir, ZA and Colbeck, I and Liu, W (2015) 'Monitoring of particulate matter concentrations at high altitude ecosystems of Pakistan and China.' Journal of Animal and Plant Sciences, 25 (3). 738 - 740. ISSN 1018-7081

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Abstract

© 2015, Pakistan Agricultural Scientists Forum. All rights reserved. Particulate matter exhibits different behavior with altitude. A comparative analysis was carried out to monitor PM<inf>1</inf>, PM<inf>2.5</inf>, PM<inf>4</inf>, PM<inf>10</inf> and PMTotal at elevations above 3000 m in both China and Pakistan. Real time monitoring of PM was carried out at both sites using a DustTrak DRX (model 8533, TSI Inc.) for 24 hours each. In Pakistan, the average value of PM<inf>Total</inf> was 415 ± 16 μg/m<sup>3</sup> while in China the value was considerably lower i.e. 110 ± 57 μg/m<sup>3</sup>. The 24-hour mean values recorded were well above the WHO recommended limit of 25 μg/m<sup>3</sup>. These results indicate that, even at sites some distance from anthropogenic sources, PM concentrations still pose a health risk.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Biological Sciences, School of
Depositing User: Ian Colbeck
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2016 08:56
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2019 19:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/16185

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