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Atmosphere 2017, 8(8), 136; doi:10.3390/atmos8080136

Assessment of Indoor-Outdoor Particulate Matter Air Pollution: A Review

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Politecnico di Torino, DIATI—Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell’Ambiente, del Territorio e delle Infrastrutture, corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24, Torino 10129, Italy
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Laboratoire de Mécanique des Fluides et d’Acoustique, UMR CNRS 5509 University of Lyon, Ecole Centrale de Lyon, INSA Lyon, Université Claude Bernard Lyon I, 36, avenue Guy de Collongue, Ecully 69134, France
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Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Biologiche ed Ambientali, University of Salento, S.P. 6 Lecce-Monteroni, Lecce 73100, Italy
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Received: 9 June 2017 / Revised: 12 July 2017 / Accepted: 20 July 2017 / Published: 26 July 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Recent Advances in Urban Ventilation Assessment and Flow Modelling)
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Abstract

Background: Air pollution is a major global environmental risk factor. Since people spend most of their time indoors, the sole measure of outdoor concentrations is not sufficient to assess total exposure to air pollution. Therefore, the arising interest by the international community to indoor-outdoor relationships has led to the development of various techniques for the study of emission and exchange parameters among ambient and non-ambient pollutants. However, a standardised method is still lacking due to the complex release and dispersion of pollutants and the site conditions among studies. Methods: This review attempts to fill this gap to some extent by focusing on the analysis of the variety of site-specific approaches for the assessment of particulate matter in work and life environments. Results: First, the main analogies and differences between indoor and outdoor particles emerging from several studies are briefly described. Commonly-used indicators, sampling methods, and other approaches are compared. Second, recommendations for further studies based on recent results in order to improve the assessment and management of those issues are provided. Conclusions: This review is a step towards a comprehensive understanding of indoor and outdoor exposures which may stimulate the development of innovative tools for further epidemiological and multidisciplinary research. View Full-Text
Keywords: indoor-outdoor; mass concentration; nanoparticles; particle number concentration (PNC); PM10; PM2.5; sampling; Total Suspended Particles (TSP); ultrafine particles (UFP) indoor-outdoor; mass concentration; nanoparticles; particle number concentration (PNC); PM10; PM2.5; sampling; Total Suspended Particles (TSP); ultrafine particles (UFP)
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Bo, M.; Salizzoni, P.; Clerico, M.; Buccolieri, R. Assessment of Indoor-Outdoor Particulate Matter Air Pollution: A Review. Atmosphere 2017, 8, 136.

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