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Journal of Environmental Quality Abstract - Organic Compounds in the Environment

Spatial and Seasonal Patterns of Benzene, Toluene, Ethylbenzene, and Xylenes in the Gdańsk, Poland and Surrounding Areas Determined Using Radiello Passive Samplers


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  1. Vol. 39 No. 3, p. 896-906
    Received: Jan 6, 2009

    * Corresponding author(s): pszczola@chem.pg.gda.pl
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  1. Bożena Zabiegała *a,
  2. Magdalena Urbanowicza,
  3. Jacek Namieśnika and
  4. Tadeusz Góreckib
  1. a Dep. of Analytical Chemistry, Chemical Faculty, Gdansk Univ. of Technology, G. Narutowicza 11/12, 80-233 Gdańsk, Poland
    b Dep. of Chemistry, Univ. of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, N2L 3G1 Canada


Atmospheric concentrations of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes (BTEX) were assessed in the Gdańsk-Sopot-Gdynia Tricity area and in the city of Tczew using diffusive-type Radiello passive samplers. Samples were collected at the monitoring stations belonging to the Agency of Regional Air Quality Monitoring Foundation. The results indicated that the BTEX concentrations measured in the urban air in the Tricity area and in Tczew were dependent on the season, being somewhat higher in winter and spring than in summer. Maps of BTEX pollution in the Tricity and in Tczew were prepared by interpolating the results for the areas between the sampling points covering the mapped areas. This allowed the assessment of time-weighted average concentrations of the compounds studied at locations where measurements were not made.

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