ATMOSPHERIC MONITORING FOR AMBIENT AIR QUALITY PARAMETERS AND SOURCE APPORTIONMENT OF CITY FAISALABAD, PAKISTAN
Journal: Earth Sciences Pakistan (ESP)
Author: Zaheer Asghar , Waqas Ali , Abdul Nasir , Arfan Arshad
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Faisalabad is considered among the third most populated city in Pakistan. Industrialization and transportation framework has contributed essentially to the improvement of human progress and has enormously affects the encompassing ambient air quality. The rapid increase in particulate matters in Pakistan as well as all over the subcontinent over the last three to four years has a potential for significant health implications. The motivation behind this paper is to survey the preparatory air quality parameters including particulate matter PM10, CO, SO2 of city Faisalabad, Pakistan. The concentrations of pollutants were measured at 4 sites with weekly rotations for a specific period. Results demonstrated that concentration of PM10 in the surrounding area of Faisalabad city was higher during the study period while levels of SO2 and CO are relatively lower as compared with NEQS. In addition, it has been observed that residential area is less polluted while the commercial, vehicular and industrial areas are extremely polluted. Ambient air quality may be improved by adopting different mitigation measures like reduce fugitive emissions, reduce vehicle emissions by using catalytic converter and plantation etc, which leads towards sustainable environment.