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Using deciduous tree leaves as biomonitors for particulate air pollution: a literature review and pilot study

Gillooly, Sara (2015) Using deciduous tree leaves as biomonitors for particulate air pollution: a literature review and pilot study. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Abstract

Particulate matter (PM) air pollution varies in concentration and composition across both space and time, and has been shown to cause or exacerbate adverse effects on human and ecological health. The concept of biomonitoring - using tree leaves as a proxy for PM pollution - has been explored using a variety of study designs, tree species, sampling strategies, and analytical methods across multiple geographies. Development and refinement of methods for utilizing tree leaves as biomonitors is relevant to public health in that it may improve spatially-resolved PM exposure assessments for epidemiological studies, ultimately contributing to PM exposure reduction and improved urban planning. A pilot study investigating this method is discussed, with results suggesting a somewhat limited utility of magnetic methods that is relatively understated in the literature.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Gillooly, Saraseg14@pitt.eduSEG14
Contributors:
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairClougherty, Janejcloughe@pitt.eduJCLOUGHEUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberPeterson, Jimjpp16@pitt.eduJPP16UNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberFabisiak, Jamesfabs@pitt.eduFABSUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberBain, Danieldbain@pitt.eduDBAINUNSPECIFIED
Date: April 2015
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public Health > Environmental and Occupational Health
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2015 16:48
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2017 20:55
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/25065

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