Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment

Vol 8, Issue 1,2010
Online ISSN: 1459-0263
Print ISSN: 1459-0255

The relationship between total suspended particulate matter (TSP) and different climatic factors: The case of Jordan


Indira Al-Dahabi, Yasin Al-Zu’bi *, Omar Rimawi, Jarrah Al-Zu’bi

Recieved Date: 2009-10-26, Accepted Date: 2010-01-03


A complete statistical analysis of meteorological factors and air pollution data TSP (particles larger than 10 µm in diameter) was carried out using data from three monitoring stations around Al-Fuhais cement plant over one-year period (2006-2007). Ambient air quality was monitored with a sampling frequency of 24 h. The 24-h average TSP samples were collected using high volume samplers GS3210. The main objectives of the study presented were the investigation of the relation between meteorological factors: temperature (Temp), relative humidity (RH), wind speed (Win), wind direction (WD) and particulate air pollution concentrations (TSP). Temporal and spatial variability of TSP were studied using a SAS statistical package. Temperatures showed significant positive relation with TSP, while relative humidity showed significant inverse relation. On the other hand, wind showed very weak relation with TSP. An important number of exceedings of the limits established by the Jordanian Standard Limit of TSP concentration specified in JS140/2006 (260 µg/m3) have been observed in the monitoring stations. About 37% on average of these exceedings are likely caused by Khamasini dust storms, which usually take place mainly in April, May and October.


Jordan, TSP, high volume samplers, climatic factors , cement plant

Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2010
Volume: 8
Issue: 1
Category: Environment
Pages: 308-311

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