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Urban Road Traffic Pollution and Its Effect on Indoor Air Quality.

Currie, John; Capper, Graham


Graham Capper


Indoor and outdoor concentrations of various pollutants were measured in a naturally ventilated city centre office building in order to assess the effect upon indoor pollution levels of the closure of some streets in the city to road traffic. The relationships between indoor and outdoor air qualities in respect of traffic-generated pollutants were studied and the building's relative attenuation of external pollution levels investigated. It is important to consider whether or not these external pollutants are significant in terms of their ingress into buildings and present a potential health hazard. The peak concentrations of some of the external pollutants were attenuated by the building and the internal concentrations showed a reduction of up to 30% in some periods. Data was used as input to a particle tracking dispersion model in order to present an integrated approach to monitoring and modelling pollution in the urban environment.

Conference Name 3rd International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedical Engineering , ICBBE 2009.
Start Date Jun 11, 2009
End Date Jun 13, 2009
Publication Date 2009
Deposit Date Apr 17, 2014
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 1-4
Book Title 2009 3rd International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedical Engineering
Keywords Indoor pollution; traffic pollution; air quality; traffic-generated pollutants; external pollutants; particle tracking dispersion model; urban environment;
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