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Influence of weekdays, weekends, bandhas and weather conditions on particulate matter (PM10) concentrations in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal

dc.contributor.advisorSapkota, Amiren_US
dc.contributor.authorFransen, Michelle Juliaen_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-07-08T05:32:24Z
dc.date.available2011-07-08T05:32:24Z
dc.date.issued2011en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/11763
dc.description.abstractParticulate matter (PM) exposure has been associated with a variety of adverse health effects. Quantifying the relative source contribution of PM is important as it provides policymakers critical information needed to formulate successful pollution reduction programs. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of bandhas (general strikes) and meteorological parameters on PM10 concentrations in the Kathmandu Valley. Within station seasonal differences in PM10 concentrations were compared using t-tests. Linear mixed effects regression models were used to examine the effects of weekends or bandh days on PM10 concentrations. Results showed significant (p<0.001) seasonal variability across all stations. In the urban high traffic (UHT) and urban residential (UR) areas, there were statistically significant (p<0.05) lower PM10 concentrations on weekends. In the UHT, PM10 concentrations were significantly lower on bandh days (p<0.05). These results suggest that a reduction in vehicular emissions may alleviate the PM10 pollution problem in the valley.en_US
dc.titleInfluence of weekdays, weekends, bandhas and weather conditions on particulate matter (PM10) concentrations in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepalen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentMaryland Institute for Applied Environmental Healthen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledEnvironmental Healthen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledAtmospheric Sciencesen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledAir Pollutionen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledKathmanduen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledNatural Interventionen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledParticulate matteren_US


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