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Exploring the relationship between particulate matter, CO, SO2, NO2, O3 and urban heat island in Seoul, Korea.

Authors
  • Ngarambe, Jack1
  • Joen, Soo Jeong1
  • Han, Choong-Hee1
  • Yun, Geun Young2
  • 1 Department of Architectural Engineering, Kyung Hee University, 1732, Deogyeong-daero, Giheung-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do 17104, South Korea. , (North Korea)
  • 2 Department of Architectural Engineering, Kyung Hee University, 1732, Deogyeong-daero, Giheung-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do 17104, South Korea. Electronic address: [email protected] , (North Korea)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of hazardous materials
Publication Date
Aug 02, 2020
Volume
403
Pages
123615–123615
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2020.123615
PMID: 32771816
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Urban environments face two challenging problems that are parallel in nature but yet with compelling potential synergistic interactions; urban heat island (UHI) and air pollution. We explore these interactions using in-situ temperature and air pollution data collected from 13 monitoring stations for nine years. Through regression analysis and analysis of variance (ANOVA) tests, we found that carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), sulfur dioxide (SO2), and particulate matter (PM) show positive correlations with UHI intensity (UHII). At the same time, Ozone (O3) was negatively correlated with UHII. Moreover, there was a substantial seasonal effect on the strength of the correlations between UHI and air pollution, with some air pollutants showing strong associations with UHI during certain seasons (i.e., winter and autumn). The strongest interactions were observed for NO2 (R² = 0.176) and PM10 (R² = 0.596) during the wintertime and for SO2 (R² = 0.849), CO (R² = 0.346), PM2.5 (R² = 0.695) and O3 (R² = 0.512) during autumn. Understanding such interactions is essential for urban climate studies and our study provides a basis for scientific discussions on integrative mitigation strategies for both UHI and air pollution in Seoul city. Copyright © 2020 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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