Measurement of traffic related toxic air pollutants in an urban atmosphere

Oguz, Öznur
Karman, Deniz
Tuncel, Süleyman Gürdal
Nose-level measurements of air toxics were made along a busy urban street in Ottawa, Canada for 2 hr periods during morning, noon, and afternoon rush hours in the winter and summer of 2000. Measurements were also made in a commuter car and a transit bus during morning and afternoon commutes in 2000. The main objectives of the study were to establish a database, to determine temporal and seasonal variations and to determine the contribution of motor vehicle traffic to the measured toxic substance concentrations. Ottawa is an appropriate choice of location for the measurement of motor vehicle related toxic and reactive compounds, as it has virtually no industrial sources that could be contributing to the ambient loadings. Samples were collected for a total of 165 volatile organic compounds and 25 carbonyl compounds. Sampling and analytical methodologyare discussed and results are presented. Toluene, ethylene andformaldehyde were the most abundant pollutants in Ottawa during both winter and summer. Total non-methane hydrocarbon concentrationwas measured as 100 μg m-3 at nose-level measurements in Ottawa.
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Ö. Oguz, D. Karman, and S. G. Tuncel, “Measurement of traffic related toxic air pollutants in an urban atmosphere,” pp. 255–267, 2003, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: