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Cross-Sectional Evaluation of Potential Volatile Organic Compound Exposures Around U.S. Schools

dc.contributor.advisorSapkota, Amiren_US
dc.contributor.authorPerodin, Joanneen_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-07-03T05:38:39Z
dc.date.available2009-07-03T05:38:39Z
dc.date.issued2009en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/9327
dc.description.abstractVolatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), characterized by high vapor pressure and low water solubility, exist in gaseous phase at room temperature. Previous studies have suggested exposure to VOCs may be associated with adverse health effects such as asthma exacerbation and in some cases cancer. The major sources of outdoor VOCs include traffic and industrial emissions. Ambient VOCs can react with Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) in the presence of sunlight to form ground level ozone, one of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Criteria Air Pollutants. This thesis was designed to investigate the potential VOCs exposure among U.S. schoolchildren. Moreover, the influence of various neighborhood factors (urban vs. rural areas, distance from highways, presence/absence of industries) on VOCs concentrations around U.S. Schools was investigated. The findings of this thesis suggest that schools in urban areas, near industries and traffic activity have higher concentrations of VOCs compared to those not possessing such characteristics.en_US
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dc.titleCross-Sectional Evaluation of Potential Volatile Organic Compound Exposures Around U.S. Schoolsen_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.departmentPublic and Community Healthen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledEnvironmental Sciencesen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledHealth Sciences, Public Healthen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledAiren_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledCross-Sectionalen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledEnvironmenten_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledExposureen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledRegionalen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledVolatile Organic Compoundsen_US


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