The impact of smog on the concentration of particulate matter in the antelope house in the Silesian zoological garden
Krzysztof Pawlak , Zenon Nieckarz
AbstractPersistent negligence in the field of environmental protection in Poland as well as strong dependance of the energy sector on the fossil fuels have led to serious pollution of the air with particulate matter, which at high concentrations is capable of penetrating into the buildings. The aim of this study is to assess the impact of particulate airborne pollution on the concentration of particulate matter inside the antelope house in the Silesian Zoological Garden located within the Upper Silesia in Poland. The research was conducted from February to May in 2018. The records taken in the research period show that the concentration of PM10 exceeded the level of 50 µg/m3outside the building during 26 days and 11 days when it comes to the concentration of particulate matter inside the antelope house. The quantity of particulate matter in the antelope house is strongly correlated with the concentration of the particles in the air. Despite fitting existing ventilation system with a filter that reduces the dust level by 60% during the highest level of smog, particulate matter concentration in the antelope house exceeded acceptable limit for PM10 more than twofold. Particle size-fraction analysis revealed that as much as 85% of the particles detected in the studied compartment constitute PM2.5.
|Journal series||PeerJ, ISSN 2167-8359, (N/A 100 pkt)|
|Keywords in English||Buildings, Animals, Smog, Particulate matter|
|ASJC Classification||; ; ;|
|License||Journal (articles only); published final; ; with publication|
|Publication indicators||: 2016 = 0.865; : 2018 = 2.353 (2) - 2018=2.7 (5)|
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