Assessment of Particulate Matter-Based Air Quality Index in Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Received Date: Nov 23, 2017 / Accepted Date: Nov 27, 2017 / Published Date: Dec 04, 2017
Due to the desire of nations to enhance their economic status, industrialization is vigorously pursued. Industrialization is historically associated with environmental degradation. In developing countries, due to lack of environmental awareness, the level of industrialization is not commensurate with environmental studies and monitoring. This study was designed to assess the status of particulate matter at three emerging industrial sites in Port Harcourt. To achieve this, Aerocet 531 monitor was used. To be able to communicate properly with the general public, data obtained were expressed in terms of Air Quality Index (AQI). The results showed that industrial sites had higher concentrations compared to the control for both PM2.5 and PM10. Seasonal variation of PM2.5 and PM10 were observed with the dry season indicating concentrations higher than the local acceptable limits of 150 μg/m3 and 230 μg/m3. The AQI of the three emerging industrial sites indicated a category for ‘good’ to ‘moderate’ for wet season while for dry season, they varied from ‘very unhealthy’ to ‘hazardous’ in all the sampling areas. This poses a great threat to health and environment of the inhabitants.
Keywords: Air quality index; Index values; Air pollutants; Industrial areas; Port Harcourt
Citation: Akinfolarin OM, Boisa N, Obunwo CC (2017) Assessment of Particulate Matter-Based Air Quality Index in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. J Environ Anal Chem 4: 224 Doi: 10.4172/2380-2391.1000224
Copyright: © 2017 Akinfolarin OM, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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