Title
On the link between biomagnetic monitoring and leaf-deposited dust load of urban trees : relationships and spatial variability of different particle size fractions On the link between biomagnetic monitoring and leaf-deposited dust load of urban trees : relationships and spatial variability of different particle size fractions
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Sciences. Physics
Faculty of Sciences. Bioscience Engineering
Publication type
article
Publication
London ,
Subject
Chemistry
Biology
Engineering sciences. Technology
Source (journal)
Environmental pollution. - London
Volume/pages
189(2014) , p. 63-72
ISSN
0269-7491
ISI
000336466900008
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Biomagnetic monitoring of urban tree leaves has proven to be a good estimator of ambient particulate matter. We evaluated its relevancy by determining leaf area normalised weight (mg m−2) and SIRM (A) of leaf-deposited particles within three different size fractions (>10 μm, 310 μm and 0.23 μm) and the SIRM of the leaf-encapsulated particles. Results showed that throughout the in-leaf season, the trees accumulated on average 747 mg m−2 of dust on their leaves, of which 74 mg m−2 was within the 0.210 μm (∼PM10) size range and 40 mg m−2 within the 0.23 μm (∼PM3) size range. A significant correlation between the SIRM and weight of the surface-deposited particles confirms the potential of biomagnetic monitoring as a proxy for the amount of leaf-deposited particles. Spatial variation of both SIRM and weight throughout the street canyon suggests traffic and wind as key factors for respectively the source and distribution of urban particulates.
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