Exposure of population and micro-environmental distributions of volatile organic compound concentration in five European cities

Kristina Saarela (Corresponding author), Tiina Tirkkonen, Jutta Laine-Ylijoki, Jouni Jurvelin, Matti Jantunen

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Abstract

Determination of volatile organic compounds, VOCs, formed one part of the EU- EXPOLIS project in which the exposure of European urban population was studied. In the project 201 subjects in Helsinki, 50 in Athens, 50 in Basel, 50 in Milan and 50 in Prague were studied. The microenvironmental and personal exposure in Helsinki and Basel were lowest within all chemical compound groups and remarkable was the complete absence of halogenated compounds in Helsinki. The far highest microenvironmental concentrations of aromatics were in Athens and somewhat lower in Milan. The study was planned in such a way, that the role of microenvironmental concentrations in covering the total exposure could be calculated and their coverage of personal exposure estimated. This comparison suggested that the aromatics and to some extent the alkanes had stronger sources elsewhere than the indoor or residential outdoor environments.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIndoor Air 2002, 9th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate
PublisherInternational Academy of Indoor Air Sciences
Pages555-560
Volume2
Publication statusPublished - 2002
MoE publication typeNot Eligible
Event9th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate, Indoor Air 2002 - Monterey, United States
Duration: 30 Jun 20025 Jul 2002
Conference number: 9

Conference

Conference9th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate, Indoor Air 2002
Abbreviated titleIndoor Air 2002
CountryUnited States
CityMonterey
Period30/06/025/07/02

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    Saarela, K., Tirkkonen, T., Laine-Ylijoki, J., Jurvelin, J., & Jantunen, M. (2002). Exposure of population and micro-environmental distributions of volatile organic compound concentration in five European cities. In Indoor Air 2002, 9th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate (Vol. 2, pp. 555-560). International Academy of Indoor Air Sciences. https://www.irbnet.de/daten/iconda/CIB6298.pdf