PM2,5 Air pollution and the potential health risk evaluation in Wrocław, Poland
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Instytut Inżynierii Ochrony Środowiska, Politechnika Wrocławska
Crocker Nuclear Laboratory, University of California, Davis
Anna Zwoździak
Instytut Inżynierii Ochrony Środowiska Politechnika Wrocławska 50-370 Wrocław,Wyb. Wyspiańskiego 27
Med Srod. 2010;13(2):25–31
In order to assess the potential health risk of particulate matter (PM) in WrocΠaw, a PM2.5 (PM with the diameter below 2.5 μm) monitoring study was established to measure ambient concentrations in the city. The sampling site has been categorized as urban background. The study employed an IMPROVE aerosol monitor which was operating from January to April, 2009. The modified IMPROVE sampler was equipped with PM 2.5 Anderson inlet at approximately 3 meters collecting PM2.5 on 46.2 mm PTFE filter, Whatman Inc. Air quality in WrocΠaw has been categorized according to the French Air Pollution Index (ATMO) and to World Health Organization Air Quality Guideline (WHO AQG). There were reported 52% of days with daily mean exceeding the WHO AQG for PM2.5 – 25 μg/m3. Within the measured concentration range from 18 to 100 μg/m3 a significant daily increase in mortality risk has been deduced, particularly for the 4.5 % studied days. However, the results should be treated with caution, some uncertainties have been discussed.
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