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Rice study identifies sources of Houston smog particulates

r cubic meter at one location. These types of particles didn't register at all in the background sample.

"This is significant because it's the first time particulates from fuel oil combustion have been found in an apportionment study," said Fraser. "The findings weren't unexpected, given the nature of industrial activity in the city, but they are indicative of an air quality pattern that may be unique to the city."

Fraser said air quality researchers working on apportionment studies for particulate matter in other U.S. metropolitan areas expect to find similar, "signature" patterns. Each pattern will reflect a mix of factors such as meteorology, population density and the city's industrial profile.


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Contact: Jade Boyd
jadeboyd@rice.edu
713-348-6778
Rice University
21-Apr-2003


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