Urban Road Traffic Pollution and Its Effect on Indoor Air Quality

Currie, John and Capper, Graham (2009) Urban Road Traffic Pollution and Its Effect on Indoor Air Quality. In: 3rd International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedical Engineering, 11-13 June 2009, Beijing, China.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/ICBBE.2009.5163731


Indoor and outdoor concentrations of various pollutants were measured in a naturally ventilated city centre office building in order to assess the effect upon indoor pollution levels of the closure of some streets in the city to road traffic. The relationships between indoor and outdoor air qualities in respect of traffic-generated pollutants were studied and the building's relative attenuation of external pollution levels investigated. It is important to consider whether or not these external pollutants are significant in terms of their ingress into buildings and present a potential health hazard. The peak concentrations of some of the external pollutants were attenuated by the building and the internal concentrations showed a reduction of up to 30% in some periods. Data was used as input to a particle tracking dispersion model in order to present an integrated approach to monitoring and modelling pollution in the urban environment.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Air pollution , Cities and towns , Energy measurement , fabrics, hazards, roads, traffic control, urban pollution, vehicles, ventilation
Subjects: F800 Physical and Terrestrial Geographical and Environmental Sciences
K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
L700 Human and Social Geography
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Geography and Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: Ellen Cole
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2012 11:14
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2019 00:30
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/10571

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