The Sixth Jordanian International Civil Engineering Conference, At Amman, Jordan

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Research Title: 
Air Quality Characterization for the city of Nablus, Palestine
Abdelhaleem Khader
A. Rasem Hasan
Mon, 2014-12-01
Air Quality Characterization for the city of Nablus, Palestine.pdf769.32 KB
Research Abstract: 
The city of Nablus is considered as one of the largest
cities in the West Bank, Palestine. The topography of the city,
combined with multiple sources of air pollution creates a
potential air quality problem that might affect the human health.
Preliminary measurements of indoor and outdoor air quality
using an optical particle counter showed elevated concentrations
of particulate matters. Studies in the United States, Brazil, and
Germany have related higher levels of particulates to increased
risk of respiratory, cardiovascular, and cancer-related deaths, as
well as pneumonia, lung function loss, hospital admissions, and
asthma. Some investigations have pointed toward particle sizes
smaller than 2.5 µm (PM2.5) as a major contributor to elevated
death rates in polluted cities. This research aims at investigating
the presence of air quality problems, especially elevated
concentrations of PM2.5 in the city of Nablus, Palestine, and to
link these pollutants to potential sources. This research will help
to understand the nature of air pollutants and their main sources
in the city of Nablus, in order to provide decision makers with
knowledge to choose proper regulatory decisions that can help to
alleviate the problem. Implementing these decisions can enhance
the health situation and hence improve the socio-economic
conditions of the people living in the city of Nablus