A Comparative Study of Airborne Particulate Matter Levels Around Malta  

Abstract Category: Science
Course / Degree: Diploma in Environmental Science
Institution / University: University of Malta, Malta
Published in: 1996

Thesis Abstract / Summary:

The extents of atmospheric pollution due to the presence of airborne particulate matter is a very concerning environmental issue. This is especially true in the light of the high population density characterising our islands.

This study presents a brief overview of the possible nature of airborne particulate matter together with some major health considerations associated with the presence of such pollutants in the atmosphere. It is believed that locally, the major sources of airborne particulate matter are definitely the Power Stations, both of which operate on fossil fuel combustion.

In this study however, the extents of vehicular particulate emissions are tentatively estimated using a very modest technique. Air sampling was run during low and high traffic hours in some major roads around Malta in an attempt to estimate levels of particulate matter to which the local population may be exposed. the results obtained should be placed in perspective of the various technical constraints such as the limited apparatus employed in this study.

Our islands are perceived not only as s ource of particulate matter in the atmosphere but, their central position in the Mediterranean exposed to winds from all direction at all times of year, makes the Maltese Islands susceptible to impacts of particulate matter of foreign origins. Thus, this makes the interaction of particulate matter with our islands a very complex one, definitely requiring much more elaborate study.

Thesis Keywords/Search Tags:
Environmental Science, airborne particulate matter, traffic density

This Thesis Abstract may be cited as follows:
Pulis, A. (1996), A Comparative Study of Airborne Particulate Matter Levels Around Malta. Unpublished dissertation presented in part fulfillment of the requirements for the Diploma in Environmental Science, January 1996, International Environment Institute, University of Malta.

Submission Details: Thesis Abstract submitted by Alan Pulis from Malta on 27-Sep-2003 20:52.
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Alan Pulis Contact Details: Email: sapulis@maltanet.net

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