Impact of fugitive sources and meteorological parameters on vertical distribution of particulate matter over the industrial agglomeration

J Environ Manage. 2017 Dec 1;203(Pt 3):1190-1198. doi: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2017.06.001. Epub 2017 Jun 9.


The aim of the study was to characterize vertical distribution of particulate matter, in an area well known by highest air pollution levels in Europe. A balloon filled with helium with measuring instrumentation was used for vertical observation of air pollution over the fugitive sources in Moravian-Silesian metropolitan area during spring and summer. Synchronously, selected meteorological parameters were recorded together with particulate matter for exploration its relationship with particulate matter. Concentrations of particulate matter in the vertical profile were significantly higher in the spring than in the summer. Significant effect of fugitive sources was observed up to the altitude ∼255 m (∼45 m above ground) in both seasons. The presence of inversion layer was observed at the altitude ∼350 m (120-135 m above ground) at locations with major source traffic load. Both particulate matter concentrations and number of particles for the selected particle sizes decreased with increasing height. Strong correlation of particulate matter with meteorological parameters was not observed. The study represents the first attempt to assess the vertical profile over the fugitive emission sources - old environmental burdens in industrial region.

Keywords: Fugitive source; Meteorological factor; Old environmental burden; Particulate matter; Tethered balloon; Vertical profile.

MeSH terms

  • Air Pollution / analysis*
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Europe
  • Industry
  • Particle Size
  • Particulate Matter / analysis*
  • Seasons


  • Particulate Matter