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Title: Black carbon concentrations in a goods-movement neighborhood of Philadelphia, PA

Author: Kondo, Michelle C.; Mizes, Chris; Lee, John; Burstyn, Igor.;

Date: 2014

Source: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. 186(7): 4605-4618.

Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Description: Communities along the Delaware River in Philadelphia, USA such as Port Richmond, are subject to traffic associated with goods movement to and from port facilities and local industry. Air pollution associated with this traffic poses an environmental health concern in this and other urban areas. Our study measures black carbon (BC) in Port Richmond and examines its relationship to expected sources such as truck traffic. We used a participatory sampling method to conduct 1-min measurements over 8-hour periods at 14 homes, a school and park, during a 4-week period in June 2012. Measurements over 9 sampling days had a 30-min average BC concentration of 1.2 µg m-3, and a maximum of 12 µg m-3. Statistical analyses showed some effect of traffic, but greater association between BC concentrations and weather and time of day. BC concentrations varied more by location than by day, and distance to traffic arterials and interstate freeway was a predictor of this variance. While our dataset is limited by number and variety of observations, major findings indicate that BC concentration varies more by location than by day, there is a decrease in median BC concentration with increased distance from an interstate highway, and an expected effect of diesel traffic on average daily BC concentrations. Our findings are an important step towards understanding patterns and determinants of BC concentration in communities colocated withmajor ports. Our study also demonstrates that participatory methods in air pollution monitoring can help increase awareness of local air pollution levels.

Keywords: Black carbon, Air pollution, Participatory methods, Goodsmovement, Port

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Kondo, Michelle C.; Mizes, Chris; Lee, John; Burstyn, Igor. 2014. Black carbon concentrations in a goods-movement neighborhood of Philadelphia, PA. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. 186(7): 4605-4618.


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