A new approach to bioaerosol monitoring in Ireland Analyses of the development and occurrence of biological and chemical aerosols. (BioCheA)

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Field and laboratory studies related to the application of a new approach for monitoring bioaerosols in Ireland have been performed. The core of the scientific programme exploits a recently developed spectroscopic technique, (Waveband Integrated Bioaerosol Sensor model no. 4 (WIBS-4), which was designed to detect, characterise and quantify airborne biological particulate matter. It does so by means of on-line measurements made with fast-time resolution. The resulting data acquired from WIBS-4 after deployment at a number of differing environments (e.g. laboratory, urban and rural) are compared to results obtained from using the traditional off-line techniques of impact collection followed by optical microscopy. Coincident measurements of PM10 and NOx for the Cork Harbour region have also been made and are reported here. Finally, a range of PBAP species monitored in the ambient Irish atmosphere during the spring to early summer seasons of 2010 were identified and quantified.

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Dr. David O'Connor
University College Cork

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Author(s)O'Connor, D.
Title Of WebsiteSecure Archive For Environmental Research Data
Publication InformationA new approach to bioaerosol monitoring in Ireland Analyses of the development and occurrence of biological and chemical aerosols. (BioCheA)
Name of OrganisationEnvironmental Protection Agency Ireland
Electronic Address or URL https://eparesearch.epa.ie/safer/resource?id=f5f6d7cf-a64f-11e1-8d78-005056ae0019
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Date of AccessLast Updated on SAFER: 2024-07-23

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SAFER-Data Display URL https://eparesearch.epa.ie/safer/iso19115/display?isoID=270
Resource KeywordsAir Framework Directive; Bioaerosols; Primary Biological Aerosol Partices (PBAPs)
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project ThemeClimate Change
Resource Availability: Any User Can Download Files From This Resource
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Number of Attached Files (Publicly and Openly Available for Download): 2
Project Start Date Saturday 5th January 2008 (05-01-2008)
Earliest Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Monday 11th February 2008 (11-02-2008)
Most Recent Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Thursday 31st March 2011 (31-03-2011)
Published on SAFERFriday 25th May 2012 (25-05-2012)
Date of Last EditTuesday 29th May 2012 at 15:32:56 (29-05-2012)
Datasets or Files Updated On Tuesday 29th May 2012 at 15:32:56 (29-05-2012)

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Sampling was performed in Killarney National Park, Kerry, Ireland Tivoli Docks, Port of Cork Raffeen Hill, near Cork harbour

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While there has been a concerted effort in recent times to measure, characterise and understand how inorganic particulates influence adverse health outcomes and climate change, the apportionment and classification of biological pollutants has lagged behind. However more recently, Primary Biological Aerosol Particles (PBAP) have been shown to impact on the two issues. Hence the study and understanding of the dispersal of PBAP, both indoors and outdoors, especially in real-time, has become relatively significant for both atmospheric science and the health community.
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Healy, D. A., O'Connor, D. J., Sodeau, J. R., Measurement of the particle counting efficiency of the Waveband Integrated Bioaerosol Sensor model number 4 (WIBS-4). Journal of Aerosol Science, 2012, 47, 94 -99.

O'Connor, D. J., Iacopino, D., Healy, D. A., O?Sullivan, D., Sodeau, J. R., The Intrinsic Fluorescence Spectra of Selected Pollen and Fungal Spores. Atmospheric Environment, 2011, 45 (35), 6451-6458.
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