Outdoor Air Quality Data Analysis Of Al-Mansoriah Residential Area (Kuwait): Air Quality Indices Results
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S. A. Al-Haider & S. M. Al-Salem
Environmental awareness is of growing concern in the state of Kuwait, especially after the recognition of Kuwait Environment Public Authority (KUEPA) as a separate entity with legal power back in 2001. In this communication, the outdoor air quality data collected over the period of five years (2000-2004) were analyzed for Al-Mansoriah residential area in Al- Asemah \“Capital” Governorate (Kuwait). Data points were in two different time spans; five minute original data points and hourly mean averages. Air Quality Indices (AQI) based on the following pollutants: SO2, CO, O3 and NO2 were calculated. Based on CO and SO2, the AQI was determined \“good” ranging between an annual mean of 0.06-0.15. Based on ground level ozone and nitrogen dioxide AQI resulted in the \“moderate” category for the period of study. Keywords: KUEPA, SO2, CO, O3, NO2, AQI. 1 Introduction Many Gulf Council Countries (GCC) suffer from air pollution health effects especially when it comes to respiratory system chronic diseases and cancers associated with such airborne pollutants . Kuwait is no exception, being a petroleum industry oriented country. Many pollution sources are linked with the
KUEPA, SO2, CO, O3, NO2, AQI.