Assessing the quality of urban environment by the elemental concentrations of foliage dust

E. Simon, A. Vidic, M. Braun, I. Fábián, B. Tóthmérész

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The sources and pathways of dust play an important role for the global climate and biogeochemical cycles. In that context, the assessment of the elemental concentration of foliage dust elevated to an interesting topic of many scientific studies. Foliage dust may indicate heavy metal contamination and the source of contamination from atmospheric deposition in urban areas. Foliage dust contains heavy metals that may have harmful effects on human health; thus, elemental contents of foliage dust are useful to assess air pollution.The concentrations of heavy metals in dust samples may vary across cities depending on the density of industrial activities. Our aim is to summarize the sources of dust and heavy metal concentration in dust samples. In a case study we demonstrated that dust is a useful indicator to assess the level of pollution in urban environment. We studied the elemental concentrations in foliage dust along an urbanization gradient in Vienna, Austria.Samples were collected from urban, suburban and rural areas. We analyzed 10 metals in samples from all three areas: Al, As, Ba, Co, Cu, Fe, Pb, S, Sr and Zn. We found that the elemental concentrations of foliage dust were significantly higher in the urban area than in the rural area for aluminium, barium, iron, lead, phosphor and selenium. Urbanization changed significantly the elemental concentrations of foliage dust and the applied method proved itself as a useful way to monitor the environmental load.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDust: Sources, Environmental Concerns and Control
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Pages253-264
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9781619425477
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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foliage
dust
heavy metal
urban area
rural area
urbanization
climate cycle
suburban area
biogeochemical cycle
barium
selenium
atmospheric deposition
global climate
atmospheric pollution
aluminum
iron
pollution
metal

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Simon, E., Vidic, A., Braun, M., Fábián, I., & Tóthmérész, B. (2012). Assessing the quality of urban environment by the elemental concentrations of foliage dust. In Dust: Sources, Environmental Concerns and Control (pp. 253-264). Nova Science Publishers, Inc..

Assessing the quality of urban environment by the elemental concentrations of foliage dust. / Simon, E.; Vidic, A.; Braun, M.; Fábián, I.; Tóthmérész, B.

Dust: Sources, Environmental Concerns and Control. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2012. p. 253-264.

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Simon, E, Vidic, A, Braun, M, Fábián, I & Tóthmérész, B 2012, Assessing the quality of urban environment by the elemental concentrations of foliage dust. in Dust: Sources, Environmental Concerns and Control. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., pp. 253-264.
Simon E, Vidic A, Braun M, Fábián I, Tóthmérész B. Assessing the quality of urban environment by the elemental concentrations of foliage dust. In Dust: Sources, Environmental Concerns and Control. Nova Science Publishers, Inc. 2012. p. 253-264
Simon, E. ; Vidic, A. ; Braun, M. ; Fábián, I. ; Tóthmérész, B. / Assessing the quality of urban environment by the elemental concentrations of foliage dust. Dust: Sources, Environmental Concerns and Control. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2012. pp. 253-264
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