PATTERNS OF ANNUAL FLUCTUATION OF DUST CONCENTRATIONS ALONG WITH METEOROLOGICAL PARAMETERS: A CASE STUDY IN QOM PROVINCE, CENTRAL IRAN

  • Mohammad Khazaei Research Center for Environmental Pollutants, Qom University of Medical Sciences, Qom, Iran
  • Milad Darejeh Health Management and Economics Research Center, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, IR Iran
  • Abolfazl Mohammad Beigi Research Center for Environmental Pollutants, Qom University of Medical Sciences, Qom, Iran
  • Mohammad Fahiminia Research Center for Environmental Pollutants, Qom University of Medical Sciences, Qom, Iran
  • Mohammad Azizifar Research Center for Environmental Pollutants, Qom University of Medical Sciences, Qom, Iran
  • Ghodratollah Karami Research Center for Environmental Pollutants, Qom University of Medical Sciences, Qom, Iran
  • Leila Khazaei Department of Epidemiology, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
  • Nader Yousefi Mail Department of Environmental Health Engineering, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran
Keywords:
Particulate Matter, Dust Event, Meteorological Parameters, PM10-Rose, Desert

Abstract

Introduction: Concentration of Particulate Matters were measured for a one-year monitoring period from July 2011 through June 2012 in Qom, a city located in western part of Dasht-e Kavir, central Iran.


Materials and Methods: Some related meteorological parameters comprising wind speed, wind direction, rainfall, relative humidity (RH), temperature and sunshine hours were evaluated.


Results: PM10, PM2.5, and PM1 maximum values were recorded as 1160.67, 242.92, 90.82 μg/m3, respectively. The maximum number of days with peak concentration of PM was reported from July through November 2012. Obtained results represented that the winds are prevailed from southern and south-eastern sides of Qom with 24.5% and 24% of consequences, respectively. The correlation between PM10 concentration and relative humidity was moderate and indirect (r = - 0.340).


Conclusions: The coordination between governmental administrations of central provinces engaged with dust events is suggested to mitigate the health-related impacts using a long term control program.

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2016-05-29
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Khazaei M, Darejeh M, Beigi A, Fahiminia M, Azizifar M, Karami G, Khazaei L, Yousefi N. PATTERNS OF ANNUAL FLUCTUATION OF DUST CONCENTRATIONS ALONG WITH METEOROLOGICAL PARAMETERS: A CASE STUDY IN QOM PROVINCE, CENTRAL IRAN. japh. 1(2):99-110.
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