Correlation Of Meteorological Parameters And Dust Particles Using Scatter Plot In A Rural Community

  • T F Ediagbonya
  • E E Ukpebor
  • F E Okieimen
Keywords: Respirable, Inhalable, Particulate, Scatter Plot, Meteorological Parameter, Rural Area

Abstract

This study investigated the spatial distribution of repirable and inhalable suspended particulate matters and the influence of meteorological factors on the pollutants captured in a rural community. The respirable and inhalable suspended particulate matters were captured at five different locations using Portable Programmable SKC Air Check XR5000 High Volume Gravimetric Sampler Model. The meteorological parameters were captured using anemometer and hydro thermograph from May 2009 to October 2009. The mean concentration range of respirable suspended particulate matter was 104.17-208.33μg/m3 and the inhalable suspended particulate matter was in the range of 104.17-225.69 μg/m3 . The spatial distribution of respirable and inhalable suspended particulate matter was significant and remarkable (P<0.05). The mean concentrations of the respirable and inhalable particulates were generally higher than the regulatory limits set by the United States National Ambient Air Quality Standards indicating poor air quality. The correlations of respirable and inhalable suspended particulate matter with wind speed and relative humidity were negative while it was positive with temperature.

 Keywords: Respirable, Inhalable, Particulate, Scatter Plot, Meteorological Parameter, Rural Area

Published
2016-03-07
Section
Articles

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