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Application Of Mineral Magnetic Concentration Measurements As A Particle Size Proxy For Urban Road Deposited Sediments

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/AIR090141

Volume

123

Pages

10

Page Range

153 - 162

Published

2009

Size

601 kb

Author(s)

C. J. Crosby, C. A. Booth, A. T. Worsley, M. A. Fullen, D. E. Searle, J. M. Khatib & C. M. Winspear

Abstract

The application of mineral magnetic concentration parameters (χLF, χARM and SIRM) as a potential particle size proxy for urban road deposited sediment collected from Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, U.K. has been investigated. Correlation analyses between each magnetic parameter and traditional particle size classes (i.e. sand, silt and clay) and respiratory health related size classes (i.e. PM10, PM2.5 and PM1.0) are reported. Significant relationships (p <0.01; n = 35) exist between clay content and two of the magnetic concentration parameters (χARM and SIRM). This is also the same for each PM10, PM2.5 and PM1.0 sizes. Of the three magnetic parameters, χARM displays the strongest correlation (r = 0.45; p <0.01; n = 35) values and is the most significant parameter, which is consistent with class sizes of each approach. In doing so, these associations indicate mineral magnetic measurements have considerable potential as a particle size proxy for determining urban roadside particulate matter concentrations. Given the speed, low-cost and sensitivity of the measurements, this suggests magnetic techniques could potentially be used as an alternative and/or complementary exploratory technology for pilot particulate pollution investigations. Furthermore, in certain instances, it could be useful for examining linkages between respiratory health and particulate pollution and vehicle emissions. Keywords: environmental magnetism, particle size, urban street dust, built environment, epidemiology, public health.

Keywords

environmental magnetism, particle size, urban street dust, built environment, epidemiology, public health