Journal of Geography, Environment and Earth Science International, ISSN: 2454-7352,Vol.: 11, Issue.: 3
Measurement of Total Suspended Particulate Matter (TSP) in an Urban Environment: Yenagoa and Its Environs
Ajayi Eshiorenoya David1, Inengite Azibaola Kesiye1, Uzoekwe Anayo Stephen2, Ayawei Nimibofa1* and Bisong Andy Etta3 1Department of Chemical Sciences, Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island, Bayelsa State, Nigeria.
2Department of Chemistry, Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa State, Nigeria.
3Department of Science Laboratory Technology, Federal Polytechnic Ekowe, Bayelsa State, Nigeria.
Ajayi Eshiorenoya David1, Inengite Azibaola Kesiye1, Uzoekwe Anayo Stephen2, Ayawei Nimibofa1* and Bisong Andy Etta3
1Department of Chemical Sciences, Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island, Bayelsa State, Nigeria.
(1) Kaveh Ostad-Ali-Askari, Department of Civil Engineering, Isfahan (Khorasgan) Branch, Islamic Azad University, Iran.
(1) Raimundo Jiménez Ballesta, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain.
(2) Eric S. Hall, USA.
(3) Radji A. Raoufou Pierre, University of Lomé, Togo.
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This study reports the ambient concentrations of total suspended particulate matter (TSP: both respirable and non-respirable) measured in Yenagoa and its environs as means of determining the distribution of particulate matter to assess the ambient air quality of a fast growing urban town in Southern Nigeria. Particulate matter was collected at five stations (Berger junction, Onopa government house, Tombia Roundabout, Gbaran Ubie and Ogbogoro Village), using a high volume portable SKC air check MTX Sidekick air sampler (Model: 224-52MTX). The mean TSP Matter measured at each of the five locations are 1189.857 µgm-3, 662.4286 µgm-3, 1406.4286 µgm-3, 1623 µgm-3, and 757 µgm-3 respectively. The data obtained were subjected to a set of multivariate statistical analysis. The results showed that the TSP in all stations correlated well, except between Gbaran Ubie and Ogbogoro Village due to marked differences in pollutant sources. The calculated Toxicity Potential shows values greater than unity at all the stations.
Air pollution; Particulate Matter (PM); Toxicity Potential (TP); gas flaring; Total Suspended Particulate Matter (TSP).
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