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Rates of particulate pollution deposition onto leaf surfaces: Temporal and inter-species magnetic analyses

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Journal publication date05/2010
JournalEnvironmental Pollution
Journal number5
Volume158
Number of pages7
Pages1472-1478
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Evaluation of health impacts arising from inhalation of pollutant particles <10 mm (PM10) is an active research area. However, lack of exposure data at high spatial resolution impedes identification of causal associations between exposure and illness. Biomagnetic monitoring of PM10 deposited on tree leaves may provide a means of obtaining exposure data at high spatial resolution. To calculate ambient PM10 concentrations from leaf magnetic values, the relationship between the magnetic signal and total PM10 mass must be quantified, and the exposure time (via magnetic deposition velocity (MVd) calculations) known. Birches display higher MVd (w5 cm1) than lime trees (w2 cm1). Leaf saturation remanence values reached ‘equilibrium’ with ambient PM10 concentrations after w6 ‘dry’ days
(<3 mm/day rainfall). Other co-located species displayed within-species consistency in MVd; robust inter-calibration can thus be achieved, enabling magnetic PM10 biomonitoring at unprecedented spatial resolution.