The relevance of health effects related to ultrafine particles (UFPs; aerodynamic diameter < 100 nm) can be better evaluated using high-resolution strategies for measuring particle number concentrations. In this study, two different portable Condensation Particle Counters (CPCs) were used to measure personal exposure to UFPs in the central area of Milan for one week period during spring, with three sampling sessions per day. Experimental data were continuously collected along an established urban pathway, moving afoot or by different private and public means of transport. Correlation analysis between data measured by two CPCs was performed and general results showed a good agreement, especially at concentrations lower than 2×105 particles /cm3. UFPs measures were divided on the basis of crossed environments or micro-environments, days of the week and day time (hours). The highest measured mean concentrations and data variability were observed during walking time and moving on motorized vehicles (bus and car), indicating that the highest exposure to UFPs can be reached near motorized traffic. The lowest exposures were observed in green areas and in office microenvironments. An appreciable difference between working and non-working days was observed. Concentration patterns and variation by days of the week and time periods appears related to time trends in traffic intensity.
|Titolo:||Personal exposure to airborne ultrafine particles in the urban area of Milan|
CATTANEO, ANDREA (Primo)
PERUZZO, CARLO (Penultimo)
CAVALLO, DOMENICO MARIA GUIDO (Ultimo)
|Data di pubblicazione:||2009|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1088/1742-6596/151/1/012039|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|