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Physics Colloquium (Prof. Beth Parks, Colgate University)

Friday, March 29, 2019
3:30pm – 4:30pm

Storrs Campus

Prof. Beth Parks, Department of Physics & Astronomy, Colgate University

Air Quality Measurements in Uganda

During the 2015-16 academic year, I was a Fulbright scholar at Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Uganda, where I initiated a program to monitor PM10 concentrations in three distinct environments: an urban center (Kampala), a small city (Mbarara) and a village location (Rubindi), both in the wet season and the dry season. These measurements are still underway through the PhD project of a Ugandan student I am supervising. These concentrations were measured using co-located gravimetric (filter-based) collectors and real-time optical instruments. The results show that particulate levels are high in all three locations, with average PM10 levels measured gravimetrically of 157 mg/m3 in Kampala; 124 mg/m3 in Mbarara; and 188 mg/m3 in Rubindi. (WHO guidelines for maximum PM10 levels are 20 mg/m3; US EPA levels are somewhat more lenient.) Ongoing work involves correlating the different measurement techniques, as well as analysing the particulates to determine the sources.


Mary Rose Devine

Physics Department (primary), UConn Master Calendar

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