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Title: Ambient air particulate matter monitoring in Tarkwa township
Authors: Zinatunor, Kwaku
Issue Date: 20-Jun-1998
Series/Report no.: 2574;
Abstract: Particulate matter pollution is possibly the form of air pollution most noticeable to the public. It consists of dust, small particles of dirt, soot, smoke and airborne chemicals in the form of liquid droplets and other visible and invisible particles, which are all, carried in the atmosphere. It has been found out that suspended particulate materials with an aerodynamic diameter less than 10 tm (PM10) are a better indicator of potential health effects of particulate air pollution. This report is based on a monitoring program that was conducted between December 1997 and May 1998 to determine the PM10 concentrations in Tarkwa Township and also, identify the sources of PM10 concentrations in the township by the use of wind roses. From results obtained, it was concluded that PM10 concentrations were highest in the dry season and tended to decrease as the rainy season progressed into heavier rainy months. Also, the predominant direction of wind was south-west to north-east indicating that sources at the south-west might have contributed significantly to PM10 concentration levels in the township. It is recommended that control measures be taken seriously at sources to the south-west of Tarkwa and that the monitoring program should continue for at least three years so that a proper interpretation of the trend of PM10 concentration in the township can be made.
Description: A thesis submitted to the Board of Postgraduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, in partial fulfilment of the requirement for the award of Master of Science in Mining Engineering, 1998
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/2849
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