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Loading Rates of Dust and Metals in Residential Houses of Arid and Dry Climatic Regions

Shraim, AM, Alenazi, DA, Abdel-Salam, A-SG and Kumar, P (2016) Loading Rates of Dust and Metals in Residential Houses of Arid and Dry Climatic Regions Aerosol and Air Quality Research, 16 (10). pp. 2462-2473.

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Abstract

Dust samples were collected from 38 naturally ventilated houses for 12 weeks. Effects of three variables in two groups each were evaluated: proximity to traffic density (main- and side-roads), cigarettes smoking (smoking and no-smoking), and houses’ age (old and new). No significant differences were identified between the two groups for all variables (p = 0.227–0.247). The average dust loading rate for the entire group was 66.7 ± 30.9 mg m–2 week–1. The average metal concentrations (µg g–1) for the entire group were 58.7 ± 17.4 for V, 53.8 ± 12.7 (Cr), 473 ± 137 (Mn), 9.68 ± 2.83 (Co), 130 ± 52.1 (Cu), 241 ± 65.3 (Sr), 0.827 ± 0.552 (Cd), 324 ± 143 (Ba), and 58.9 ± 28.9 for Pb. Likewise, the average metal loading rates (µg m–2 week–1) for the entire group were: 4.01 ± 2.41 for V, 3.62 ± 1.97 (Cr), 31.9 ± 18.3 (Mn), 0.662 ± 0.387 (Co), 8.57 ± 5.30 (Cu), 16.3 ± 9.23 (Sr), 0.051 ± 0.034 (Cd), 21.1 ± 12.4 (Ba), and 3.97 ± 2.74 for Pb. We noticed enrichment factors (EF) of less than 2 and strong correlations between V, Cr, Mn, Co, and Sr indicating their crustal origin. Conversely, Pb, Cu, and Cd showed low to moderate correlations together with moderate to significant EF suggesting anthropogenic pollution of non-crustal origins. Despite the scarcity of rain fall and arid environment in the studied area, our dust and metal loading rates can be considered as intermediate when compared to some international cities. Such a finding could be attributed to the absence of major industries and the relatively low traffic density in our study area.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Civil engineering
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Civil and Environmental Engineering
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Shraim, AMUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Alenazi, DAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Abdel-Salam, A-SGUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Kumar, PUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 1 October 2016
Identification Number : 10.4209/aaqr.2015.10.0611
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright 2016 Taiwan Association for Aerosol Research. This is a preprint version of the work. It is not the Version of Record.
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 May 2016 10:52
Last Modified : 11 Nov 2016 17:12
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/810161

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